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The past several years have seen a significant resurgence of interest in two-generation approaches as viable interventions for interrupting the intergenerational cycle of poverty and promoting opportunities and successful outcomes for both parents and their children. The field has grown and learned much from the early ventures into two-generation approaches, yet many key questions vital to the success of these approaches remain unanswered. Public and private funders can play an important role in strengthening the evidence base for these approaches by strategically investing in research and evaluation.

This brief can serve as a starting point for funders to have conversations — among their own staff, leadership and external partners — about how their work already contributes to the knowledge about what works, and places where further contributions can be made.