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States Leading the Way: Practical Solutions that Lift up Children and Families

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and the adults in their lives to educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Practical State Solutions profiles effective solutions from Ascend partners throughout the United States and the work driven by leaders in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland,Minnesota, Tennessee, and Utah. It contains recommendations on processes that lead to better outcomes for families, lessons learned on engaging and bringing families to the table as empowered experts, and information on how to move to the next level whether you are starting your 2Gen journey or working to go deeper

Evaluating Collective Impact

Measuring and communicating about the progress of a collective impact initiative is different than evaluating the work of a single organization or program. This webinar will provide a framework for assessing the progress, effectiveness, and impact of collective impact efforts. We will define the relationship between shared measurement and evaluation, and talk about what types of results to expect at different stages of an initiative.

We the People: Practicing Belonging in a Period of Deep Anxiety

This 2017 presentation from john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, seeks to answer one powerful question: How do we think about, talk about, and give birth to a world where we all belong?

Strong Social Networks are Key to Turning Around Communities

What is the difference between communities that are able to recover from disinvestment and those that cannot? The answer, according to recent research from MDRC, are the presence of strong social networks.

Advancing Racial Equity in Communities: Lessons for Philanthropy

Read about the experiences from five communities on how they have began to address racial inequities and show how philanthropy can encourage and support community members and leaders in this process.

The Two-Generation Approach Framework: A Closer Look at State-Level Implementation

This 2016 National Human Services Assembly report, created with generous support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, seeks to explore how three states are developing and implementing a Two-Gen framework in practice and gain insight about how to translate support for an intentional Two-Gen approach into a coordinated implementation strategy.

First Steps on the Road To Financial Well-Being: Final Report from the Evaluation of LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers

This report is based upon work supported by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), which unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions with evidence of results.

Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-Being: Proceedings of a Workshop

This Proceedings of a Workshop synthesizes the discussions held at the workshop, highlights the speakers’ perspectives on rural health equity and well-being, and provides an overview of showcased initiatives and approaches to meeting the particular challenges and opportunities in improving health in rural communities.

Community Models: The United Way from Aspen Ascend 2Gen Toolbox

This brief from Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s 2Gen Toolbox focuses on a leading community model, the United Way. In the brief, you will find snapshots of how United Ways are leveraging their community leadership roles and funding portfolios to achieve better outcomes for children and families through a 2Gen approach.

Partnerships for Health: Lessons for Bridging Community-Based Organizations and Health Care Organizations

This brief examines the strategic, operational, and financial approaches that drive the success of Health Care Organizations and Community Based Organizations partnerships. It also offers recommendations to guide the development of successful collaborations between health care and social service organizations.

Helping Children and Parents Succeed Together: An Update on the Dunbar Learning Complex

This report offers an early look at the Dunbar Learning Complex’s work to date. Readers will learn how the participating families and organizations have fared so far and what advice frontline partners would give to forthcoming two-generation model adopters.

The Future of Rural Transportation and Mobility for Older Adults: Current Trends and Future Directions in Technology-Enabled Solutions

The focus and scope of this white paper is on the transformation of mobility for older adults in rural communities through technological innovation in transportation solutions.

Collective Impact Roles & Developing your Common Agenda

With so many different stakeholders at the table, clearly defining roles and coming to consensus over the key issues and how to approach them can seem like a daunting task. This webinar explores the range of roles people can play in a collective impact collaborative and discusses the key components of a common agenda that can lay the groundwork for the collaborative’s work going forward.

CSBG T/TA Resource Center

This website is a resource for the Community Action Network to access an array of information and assistance designed to support efforts in serving low income families and addressing the causes of poverty in local communities.


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