Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
To date, RR has provided cars to 67 adults impacting 253 individuals and families, with only one default. In regular client follow-ups, Responsible Rides tracks employment outcomes related to customers’ new car; in evaluations done as of December 2010, 67% of customers reported their new cars had a high impact on getting to work, allowing them to work more hours and consequently increase benefits. RR cars also positively impact customers ability to make it to important appointments (healthcare for themselves, their children, etc.): 44% of customers reported being able to keep important appointments before getting a RR car; after gaining the car, 89% kept their appointments. Besides these standard measures of success, the program also looks at more holistic improved life outcomes. These include better access to childcare and educational opportunities, better childcare at home, decreased expense for food, healthcare and other essentials, improvement in quality of life as a result of increased personal time, strengthened relationships, broader cultural horizons and improved credit scores and financial choices which are all impacted by access to reliable transportation.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
Responsible Rides has already been replicated at two sites in other areas of Virginia and generated interest in the program beyond the Commonwealth’s borders. With funding from EBay/Changemakes, RR will be able to continue the rollout process, replicating materials for sister sites to use in their own RR programs. Responsible Rides is a membership organization, with both materials and technical assistance for new sites to ensure that this quality program is responsibly replicated in other areas of the country. Funding would allow for a dedicated outreach/marketing/technical assistance staff person to oversee the establishment of new RR programs and provide international access and support via the Internet.