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Community Leadership for 2Gen Approaches

n partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Sarasota County, with leadership from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, has explored, developed, and implemented 2Gen efforts since 2012. This brief details the process by which the Community Foundation embarked on its 2Gen efforts, key lessons and challenges that emerged from these efforts, results from 2Gen initiatives throughout the county, and examples of ongoing work. February 2017.

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Scaling Up, Scaling Out

There are multiple definitions for scale that center around the expansion, replication, and adaptation of programs. Generally when talking about scale, the term is used to mean one individual program expanding its own reach to serve additional populations or deepening its current efforts. This article examines the challenges of individual programs working together to scale. The goal of the collaboration described is for each service provider to reach additional families with unique services (horizontal scale) while also scaling across programs to ensure that a wider array of services are easily accessible for the family (vertical scale). January 2017.

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State Human Services Model: Colorado as a Case Study for Policymakers

This case study offers readers an in-depth look at how Colorado has embraced a two-gernation approach across state and county agencies and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. It offers practical tools and resources in addition to lessons from Colorado's work. September 2016.

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Two-Generation Playbook

Ascend at the Aspen Institute publication on the two-generation approach and its core components. September 2016.

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Whole Family Approaches: A Global Conversation

A whole family approach is built on the premise that conditions that affect the family will have an impact on child development as will the direct experiences of the child. Whole family approaches provide a framework for looking at problems and creating more sustainable solutions – solutions that recognize that what is good for the child is good for the family and vice versa. Moreover, what is good for the family is good for society. Giving children a strong start in life and creating stability for the family require a focus on the whole, and in particular, on children’s well-being and on parents as agents of change. September 2016.

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Making Tomorrow Better Together

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. March 2016

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Home-Grown Social Capital

Study which expands how higher education for formerly incarcerated women facilitates family and community transformation. Using the two-generation lens, it reflects the way women and men in communities affected by incarceration actually experience family relationships. Susan Sturm, Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia and Vivian Nixon, College and Community Fellowship. September 2015.

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Two-Generation Strategies

Brief with information about two-generation strategies and the levers of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Ascend at the Aspen Institute, July 2015.

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The Elephant in the Clinic: Early Literacy and Family Well-Being

Early literacy and family well-being through Reach Out and Read. White Paper authored by Dipesh Navsaria, MpH, MSLIS, MD, Amy Shriver, MD. October 2015.

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Poverty Interrupted: Applying Behavioral Science to the Context of Chronic Scarcity

White paper that studies behavioral science and its relationship to breaking the cycle of poverty. ideas42, April 2015

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Reimagining 2Gen Pathways- Bold Ideas for 2015, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Innovations from the Ascend Network and Aspen ThinkXChange: National Forum on Two-Generation Solutions, April 2015.

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Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Neurobiologic Change

This paper shares interventions and research on 2Gen brain science and toxic stress. Ascend Fellow, Dr. Sarah Watamura and Dr. Philyoung Kim. June 2015.

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5 Key Trends Structuring L.A.‘s Future and Why 2Gen Makes Sense

A presentation by Dr. Manuel Pastor

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Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship

A collection of pieces that offers insights into "2Gen 2.0" approaches spearheaded by 20 leaders from across sectors, including the fields of human services, mental health, justice-involved families, and early childhood. Edited by Dr. Christopher King, Dr. P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Dr. Mario Small. April 2015.

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Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, Class of 2015

Read the profiles of the Ascend Fellows working to advance two-generation solutions, economic security, educational success, and health and well-being for children, parents, and their families. April 2015.

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When Brain Science meets Public Policy

Brief that, through a two-generation lens focuses the braiding of policies, practice guidance, program design and systems development related to lifting low-income families. Institute for Child Success, January 2015.

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impactDEALS Forum Sector report: Impact Investing in Education

This summary report provides a high level review of the discussion, and sets forth key opportunities and challenges for impact investing in education.

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impactDEALS Forum Sector report: Impact Investing in Conservation Finance

This summary report provides a high level review of the discussion, and sets forth key opportunities and challenges for impact investing in the conservation finance field.

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Head Start Reimagined: Ascend’s February E-News

Ascend's February 2015 E-News

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Case Studies: Two Generations Together, National Head Start Association

Across the country, local programs have partnered with colleges, workforce agencies, banks, employers, foundations, hospitals, state agencies, and more to create a two- generation infrastructure for success.

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