Cross-systems innovations: The line-of-sight exercise, or getting from where you are to where you want to be
Liz Kuoppala, Executive Director of Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, shares her agency’s transformation story as part of the Whole Family Approach Community of Practice.
The Metropolitan Action Commission is partnering with families to achieve their goals of getting out of poverty through a Two-Generation/Whole Family approach. MAC’s initiative provides short-term and high-yield job trainings aimed to help Head Start/ Early Head Start parents move toward attaining living-wage jobs. This type of opportunity creates a pathway out of poverty for many families. The results are also correlated to child outcomes for those children whose parents participate in our 2 GEN initiatives.
Dr. Cynthia Croom, Executive Director of Metro Action, presents the results of MAC’s three-year 2Gen/Whole Family pilot, which includes participant and stakeholder experiences and outcomes as well as lessons learned by the agency. In addition to the presentation, three Head Start/Early Head Start parents from the last cohort, who are currently working in full-time internship positions, and leaders from two of the partnering agencies discuss their experiences.
Over the last year, several Community Action Agencies have participated in the Whole Family Approach Community of Practice as a part of the Community Action Economic Mobility Initiative, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Watch this webinar to hear from Network members – Aroostook County Action Program, Inc., Blueprints, Mahube-Otwa Community Action, People Incorporated of VA, Mississippi County, Arkansas, Economic Opportunity Commission, and Total Community Action, Inc. – as they share their learning and transformation as they’ve worked to implement a whole family approach. Resources and takeaways for replication in other CAAs will be shared.
Whole Family Building Blocks: Aligning High Quality, Intentional, Intensive Services to Parents and Children
During this webinar participants will learn more about the building blocks agencies need to construct to successfully shift to a whole family approach. Specifically this webinar will focus on the building block related to aligning services for parents and children together. Additionally, participants will learn how to access the awesome resources coming from the whole family approach efforts of the Learning Community.
Most two‐generation approaches focus on parents and young children, leaving vulnerable adolescents – including the 6.7 million 16 to 24‐ year olds who are neither working nor in school – without support. These “Opportunity Youth” face many obstacles to employment and self‐sufficiency and often come from backgrounds of entrenched poverty and instability.
ICF has synthesized research and resources below from the field on two‐generation approaches for opportunity youth, organized into four categories: Two‐Generation Program Need, Opportunity Youth Program Need, Promising Practices for Implementation, and Example Programs.
Most two‐generation approaches focus on parents and young children, leaving vulnerable adolescents – including the 6.7 million 16 to 24‐ year olds who are neither working nor in school – without support. ICF has synthesized research and resources below from the field on two‐generation approaches for opportunity youth, organized into four categories: Two‐Generation Program Need, Opportunity Youth Program Need, Promising Practices for Implementation, and Example Programs.
UC Davis Extension’s Center for Human Services will be sharing their expertise around service integration, specifically on staffing models and team roles for integrating services. Topics such as team dynamics, communication, supervision of integrated teams, avoiding duplication, and overcoming barriers to coordination will be discussed. UC Davis will also share lessons learned from their work throughout the state of California.
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.
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.
This report summarizes findings from an ASPE study of the first year of the White House Rural Council/HHS Rural IMPACT demonstration, which aims to reduce poverty through coordinated services for both children and parents.
This brief explores four phases of the integration lifecycle—discover, design, implement and converge—with specific recommendations and shared lessons from the field for how others can take this planning approach or adapt it for their own purposes, particularly when working with partners to deliver services in their communities.
Participant-Driven Delivery of Integrated Social Services: Building a Model and Examining Its Implementation
This study develops and examines a model for participant-driven integrated service delivery with two key components: (1) offering access to a wide variety of services in multiple program areas and (2) developing a process for integrating those services that allows customization of the services to participant needs.
Cross-Systems Innovations: The Line-of-Sight Exercise, or Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
The conceptual framework presented in the companion article on the importance of institutional milieu in human services organizations raised four central questions. These questions are:
What is to be accomplished, and for whom?
What tactics and strategies will lead to the desired outcomes?
Is there a good fit between the tactics and strategies chosen and the institutional milieu of each potential partner in the integrated vision?
What strategy is needed to bring these two into correspondence?
This paper from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights major lessons learned from their work to implement the Center for Working Families (CWF) initiative as a strategy to link families with three critical services to promote family economic success.
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