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2Gen Toolbox

This 2Gen Toolbox is a growing collection of resources developed by Ascend Fellows and Ascend Network partners — pioneering two-generation leaders and organizations working to create opportunities for and meet the needs of children and the adults in their lives together.

With the generous permission of the Ascend Network and Fellows, we are making these models, case studies, tools, and other materials available. Our goal for the Toolbox is to facilitate learning, adoption, and scale of two-generation approaches.

Unless otherwise noted, these materials were not authored by Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Ascend reviews the materials for relevance before posting; however, inclusion in the Toolbox does not signify Ascend’s unqualified endorsement. See criteria for inclusion.

We welcome feedback on these tools. We will continue to add to these resources and hope you find them valuable.

Learn more about the Ascend Network and Ascend Fellows.

Ascend Messaging Guide and Tip Sheet

Use these guidelines and tips to craft tailored messages that bring your 2Gen work to life in a way that makes policymakers see what a good idea 2Gen is and encourages them to support spreading 2Gen where it makes sense. January 2017.

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2Gen Outcomes Framework: A Programmatic Example from Educational Alliance

Educational Alliance (New York, NY) shares a programmatic example of implementation of a 2Gen framework. This slide deck is from the Using a 2Gen Outcomes Framework session at Ascend’s 2017 2Gen Practice Institute. This session focused on how organizations can improve their capacity to measure 2Gen outcomes and learn how to activate the Making Tomorrow Better Together report.

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CAP Tulsa: Family Success Plan

CAP Tulsa and Family & Children’s Services worked together to build the Family Success Plan (FSP). The FSP is used by Family Support Specialists to drive a conversation with families that helps the Specialist get to know the family, helps the family identify strengths and areas for improvement, and helps the family set goals. This conversation takes place soon after the family becomes enrolled in CAP Tulsa’s early childhood education program. The family and Specialist complete the document together, and the family determines where they are on each scale. Specialists follow up to coach families and track progress.

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EMPath Bridge to Self Sufficiency

The Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® is EMPath’s theory of change as well as assessment tool that seeks to help families achieve economic mobility. The Bridge is a framework that builds integrated, future-oriented decision-making, allows the participant to organize and achieve positive steps, and aids in the development of these skills – first as an adaptive device and ultimately as a coaching tool for improving participants’ executive functioning skills.

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Building Community Resilience Coalition Building and Communications Guide

Guide from George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health designed to help organizations develop cross-sector coalitions aimed at addressing adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments. April 2017.

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Advancing Two-Generation Approaches: Funding to Help Families Succeed

This brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides an overview of how some 2Gen programs fund their work. March 2017.

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The Collective Impact of Social Innovation on a Two-Generation Learning Program

This brief from the National Center for Families Learning details the results of a 2Gen learning program for Hispanic/Latino families in Detroit. March 2017.

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Excel Center: Research Report

Since The Excel Center® opened in 2010, database research continues to illustrate proof of impact. This report combines independent, verified data from the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP), Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The combined data from these sources was used to create a profile of The Excel Center students while highlighting pertinent performance metrics and outcomes for graduates of the school. March 2017.

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Community Leadership for 2Gen Approaches

In 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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Clearing the Path: Removing barriers to sustainable employment for working single mothers

There’s been a lot of talk lately about “leaning in”—about working women talking openly about the obstacles they face in hopes of leveling barriers to success. The women you’ll read about in this report are doing just that.

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Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children

This issue brief comes from the Pennsylvania State University with support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and presents findings linking parent engagement practices and programs with positive outcomes for children. The brief is one of a series of briefs addressing the need for more research, practice, and policy on social and emotional learning (SEL). January 2017.

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Changing the Course of Family Literacy

Policy paper on the state of family literacy programs across the country from Carol Clymer, Blaire Willson Toso, Elisabeth Grinder & Ruth Parrish Sauder at the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy. January 2017.

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Scaling Up, Scaling Out

This article examines the challenges of individual programs working together to scale. The goal of the collaboration between Nurse Family Partnership and Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana 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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Implementation of the Federal Rural IMPACT Demonstration

Report from U.S. Department of Human Services assessing the implementation of the Rural IMPACT program. Report findings can inform federal and other efforts involving two-generation and place-based anti-poverty strategies, in particular those in rural areas. November 2016.

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Bound to Succeed: An Environmental Scan of Two-Generation Approaches to Education in Colorado

Report from the Bell Policy Center on 2Gen approaches to education in Colorado. October 2016.

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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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Student Parent Fact Sheet

Fact sheet about student parents. Institute for Women's Policy Research, November 2014.

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2Gen Educational Approaches: Big Ideas for Action in Postsecondary Education

A brief on two-generation approaches from the Ascend Network in postsecondary education. Ascend at the Aspen Institute February 2016.

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Making a Two-Generation Model Work in the Real World Lessons from the HOST Demonstration

This brief synthesizes insights to provide guidance for practitioners on what it takes to implement an effective and truly integrated two-generation model.

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Sample Letter for Comments for 2016 WIOA State Plans

Letter sent to the state of Maryland’s Workforce Investment Board by Garrett County Community Action to be used as a template to assist your thinking about comments or recommendations to send to the decision-makers in your state.

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