Results and Best Practices

For more than 10 years Bridges Out of Poverty has helped thousands of communities and organizations around the world achieve Elain Ellerbe - DCI GA Participants - Mental Modelsgoals, reduce costs, and build success for under-resourced individuals.

Our clients measure their results through qualitative or quantitative research methodologies—inventories, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, observational studies, exit studies—according to program needs. See information on the research methods and instruments used to assess implementation of the Bridges/Getting Ahead sustainability model:

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Here are some sample results and best practices. Please note that some initiatives may be new, and complete results may not yet be available.

Columbiana County Municipal Court, Ohio, used Bridges constructs to make nine policy changes:

  • Eliminated obstacles within the municipal court for offenders from generational poverty
  • Reduced bench warrants and arrests
  • Reduced jail fees by $65,000 in first year and $43,000 in second year
  • Increased proceeds from bondable misdemeanor cases by 28%
  • Reduced failure-to-appear warrants
  • Increased number of defendants holding valid driver’s licenses, increasing employability
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Refined By Fire Ministries, LA, uses Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World with adult offenders in Louisiana prisons. Results:

  • Five offenders released after completing Getting Ahead reported improved resource-building.
  • Of the 10 individuals still incarcerated:
    • All had remained write-up free
    • Three became members of the Toastmasters Club
    • Three became members of the Jaycees
    • All were pursuing additional education or training in a trade

The Marion, Ohio, Municipal Court has used Bridges Out of Poverty in a number of ways to reduce recidivism, increase probation and treatment compliance, and improve outcomes. One initiative to improve driver’s license reinstatement and reduce repeat offenses has resulted in 75% of driver’s license offenders obtaining a valid driver’s license, according to Judge Teresa Lyn Ballinger.

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