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Everything we do starts with research but research alone cannot move this industry and drive change. Through our extended network, Filene Research Institute is able to tackle the big, bold and very real issues facing credit unions today to help them think forward and change lives. Filene's Incubators will equip credit unions with innovative solutions to help meet their aggressive growth goals, make a significant impact in their communities and get answers to the questions that matter most. 

Learn more about the Incubators being launched in 2022 and click below and let us know your areas of interest.

Filene is taking the next step in innovation by testing new products and ideas to help credit unions grow and make a positive impact on their members and communities.

The Lab at Filene

The Lab at Filene gets you answers to the questions that matter most so you can implement solutions faster, fuel your organization’s growth, and amplify impact in your community. Each year, The Lab will work with a group of credit union sponsors and stakeholders to select and execute up to six “quick and nimble” tests identified through Filene’s research and extensive credit union network. From there, The Lab will produce actionable insights for credit unions to adopt proven solutions and expand their capacity for innovation.

Coming soon!

Sponsorship and testing opportunities for two new Incubators:

  • Racial Economic Equity
  • Value Proposition

Filene Research Institute’s Inner Circle has influenced the credit union industry’s research agenda through the funding of six research Centers of Excellence launched by Filene since early 2020.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Filene Research Institute’s Center of Excellence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will tackle challenges in access to both talent and products/services in the financial services industry.

Filene will conduct research on diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the credit union system to develop benchmarks, identify best practices and provide data and strategies to advance financial inclusion in individual credit unions and financial services overall.

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Consumer Financial Lives in Transition

Filene Research Institute’s Center of Excellence for Consumer Financial Lives in Transition will track the changing financial lives and livelihoods of consumers, new forms of economic struggle and financial fragility, and how these changes impact the North American credit union system.

Filene will conduct research to augment and expand credit union's capacity to adapt to consumers' changing financial lives as they face new forms of economic struggle and financial fragility.

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Innovation & Incubation

Filene Research Institute’s Center of Excellence for Innovation and Incubation will be indexing innovativeness among credit unions and improving the North American credit union system’s capacity and capability in product development and organizational agility.

Filene will conduct research to advance credit unions' knowledge of and practice in solving consumer and business problems in new and novel ways.

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Data Analytics & The Future of Financial Services

Filene Research Institute’s Center of Excellence for Data Analytics and the Future of Financial Services will help the credit union industry understand and advance data governance, management and analytics in the North American credit union system. 

Filene will conduct research to advance the practice of data analytics to prepare credit unions for the future financial services landscape.

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Community Social Impact

Filene Research Institute’s Center of Excellence for Community Social Impact will measure the social impact of the North American credit union system and document industry business models that enable community transformation, financial empowerment and economic prosperity.

Filene will conduct research to expand the knowledge and practice of social impact so that credit unions can develop a strategic advantage in the communities they serve and become a catalyst for positive community transformation.

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Emerging Technology

Filene Research Institute’s Center of Excellence for Emerging Technology will explore the future of money and technology by mapping the impacts of new financial technologies on business strategy and operations, politics and regulation, and consumers’ experience and expectations.

Filene will conduct research to map the impacts of emerging technologies in order to prepare credit unions for the shifting competitive landscape of consumer financial services.

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