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Organizational Standards Peer to Peer Series Program Level Data Collection and Analysis

This webinar features staff from the Garrett County Community Action Committee as they discuss how their use of data has led to success in their nationally recognized two-generation program, and provide valuable insight for all levels of Community Action on how to get the most out of the data you collect.

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?

Forging Successful Partnerships In Financial Empowerment

This webinar discusses how Community Action Agencies can leverage their position within their communities to bring important external stakeholders to the table. Experts from Prosperity Now emphasize the importance of partnerships in financial empowerment programs, how to assess which programs might be a good fit for external referrals, and how to maintain client engagement once they are being served by an external partner.

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.

Building a More Resilient Housing System

This report highlights five key themes that were raised in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX – moving towards action, the need for community empowerment and education, how to finance housing recovery, the importance of equity, and planning for the future – and key strategies for moving each of these themes forward. The report broadly underscores the need to use Hurricane Harvey to reexamine and improve our systems from preparation and mitigation to response and recovery to long-term development so that we plan intelligently for the future.

Making Tomorrow Better Together Brief

This report from the Two-Generation Outcomes Working Group is designed to set a foundation for how practitioners and policymakers consider the intended outcomes of two-generation programs and the pathways to achieve those outcomes.

Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey

This bulletin provides an overview of children’s exposure to violence is pervasive and crosses all ages. The research findings reported here are critical to informing our efforts to protect children from its damaging effects.

Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Urban Poverty on Family Systems: Risks, Resilience and Interventions

This white paper reviews the clinical and research literatures on the impact of trauma in the context of urban poverty on the family system including the individual child or adult, adult intimate partnership, parent-child, siblings and intergenerational relationships, as well as the family as a whole.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: National and State Level Prevalence

In this brief, we describe the prevalence of one or more ACEs among children ages birth through 17, as reported by their parents, using nationally representative data from the 2011/12 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH).

Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services

The Toolkit offers homeless service providers with concrete guidelines for how to modify their practices and policies to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs of families who have experienced traumatic stress.

Defining Toxic Stress from A Community Perspective

Building on the widely used definition of toxic stress from the Harvard Center for the Developing Child, the Learning Lab has worked to define what toxic stress is, why it is of concern and how communities can respond.

Crittenton Women’s Union: Coaching for Economic Mobility Brief

This document is an attempt to clarify what is meant by the term “coaching” at CWU: both how it is defined and how it is practiced. This document
will lay out the reasons coaching is used at CWU, and define the basic components of how coaching is done at CWU. The focus throughout is on usable information for the field. The hope is that policymakers will find useful guidance that will shape how they conceive of and practice coaching.

Crittenton Women’s Union Theory of Change: Bridge to Self Sufficiency

This theory of change graphic was created by the Crittenton Women’s Union as a part of their self-sufficiency work.

Strengthening Support for Young Parents and Their Children: A Focus on Low-Income Rural and Suburban American Families

This report brings together several strands of emerging knowledge about today’s young parents and their children in rural and suburban poor areas. It examines current data about young parent families and the context of rural and suburban poverty, new information about child and young adult development, and new approaches for helping young parents. Promising work in several different rural and suburban communities, discovered through a national scan, illustrates creative approaches to serving these families that may inspire further innovation in other parts of the country.

White Paper On Strategies Recommended To Reduce Poverty and Enhance Economic Security (3rd Edition Draft)

The Partnership created several Learning Community Groups. The National Trends LCG began by asking: What is the opportunity structure that exists in America? What are the current conditions? What caused the current conditions? What are the trends ?CAAs do community assessments and devise strategies that address community conditions and the causes of those conditions. This White Paper does this on a national basis; it is the first version of a National Assessment.


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