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Everything we do starts with research. At Filene Research Institute, we’re driven to learn what makes credit unions tick. And what could make them tick even better. We spend our days—and sometimes our nights—connecting with leaders from credit unions, academia, public policy, business, and technology to deliver the world’s best thinking and tools to stay competitive for credit unions and cooperative finance.

Latest Publications

America’s Got Talent: Attracting It is the Challenge

In an effort to address the challenge of attracting and retaining talented employees, Filene hosted a day-long colloquium dedicated to sharing new insights and best practices for credit unions' efforts in talent attraction. This report summarizes presentations on the following: Developing your credit union's brand story and using it to...

Blueprints for Innovation, Spring 2017

What’s your competitive advantage?   Are you working towards the future? Or are you “working on the treadmill of today?” With what seems like nonstop internal pressure, just to get work done, finding time to think strategically about cutting-edge research and innovation possibilities to make your credit union stronger can often...

Domestic Violence Recovery Loan Program

In 2016 Filene published research by Adrienne Adams of Michigan State University on a unique collaboration between a local credit union, domestic violence prevention agencies, and a grantor, to offer affordable loans designed to help survivors of domestic abuse get back on their financial feet. This interim brief reports on...

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Research Council

The Filene Research Council is a distinguished group of credit union executives who individually and collectively play integral roles in the continued advancement of the credit union movement.

Featured Publication

Domestic Violence Recovery Loan Program

The Domestic Violence Recovery (DVR) Loan Program was designed to provide survivors of abuse with an affordable option for removing financial barriers to safety and/or rebuilding after an abusive relationship. This report details the development and initial findings from the implementation of the DVR Loan program from May 2014 through...

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