NEFE Partners with Knology on U.S. Financial Education Spending Database


First-of-Its-Kind Resource Will Offer Detailed Understanding of Activities and Effects Across States

DENVER — The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) and Knology announce a collaboration to create a database of historical spending on financial education across all 50 states. Knology anticipates that the open-access resource — linked to outcomes reported in the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking — will be beneficial for academic researchers, policymakers and financial education organizations.

For researchers, the database could provide better understanding of the true impact of financial education on U.S. residents, according to Joseph de la Torre Dwyer, Ph.D., a political economist at Knology and the principal investigator for the project.

“Right now, the field is looking at things like whether a financial education course should be required for graduation. We are going to complement that, translating financial education inputs and activities into a measure that is much more detailed,” Dwyer explains. “Currently, there seems to be an assumption that there’s a financial education switch that’s turning on and off, but that is a crude measure for what financial education actually is. We think this dataset will give us more precise estimates of the impact of financial education.”

For policymakers and financial education organizations operating nationally and locally, researchers at Knology hope that the study provides actionable findings that can be used to assess and increase the impact of their financial education policies and offerings. The team also hopes that others will contribute to the financial spending database once it’s completed.

“We are hoping that this furthers the literature and that other researchers find it a valuable source for their own hypotheses and research,” Dwyer says.

“It’s important to NEFE that research moves the needle and has tangible impact on improving the financial well-being landscape,” notes Jill Jones, Ph.D., managing director of research at NEFE. “We’re particularly excited about this database because it builds on previous research to capture historic data about state-level costs for financial education and state mandates, which currently are not accounted for in the literature. We’re both proud and excited to continue funding collaborative, groundbreaking research focused on state-mandated financial education.”

About Knology
Knology is on a mission to produce practical social science research for a better world. The organization is a collective of scientists, writers and educators dedicated to studying and untangling complex social issues. Since 2012, the organization has built a repertoire of research on both decision-making processes and institutionalized systems, with initiatives focusing on media, the biosphere, culture and wellness. Knology has collaborated with organizations across the United States and the world, including WETA/PBS NewsHour, FINRA’s Investor Education Foundation, the American Library Association, Girl Effect, Children’s National Medical Center and more. In addition to publishing research articles, Knology serves as the editorial office for Curator: The Museum Journal, the museum industry’s most widely circulated academic publication. To learn more, visit

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