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The Bottom Line: Impact Investing for Economic Mobility in the U.S.

The report recognizes the importance of learning from all sectors in tackling any challenge. Specifically, it builds on opportunities in the growing impact investment field. The report draws on the lessons from market-based approaches to identify tools and strategies that can help move the needle on family economic security. December 2014.


Two-Generation Approaches, National Voices Project

Ascend at the Aspen Institute partnered with the National Voices Project to conduct a major national survey of adults who work and volunteer on behalf of children. The focus of the survey was on key components for two-generation approaches and barriers to economic security and serving two generations. November 2014.


Top 10 for 2-Gen: Principles for Action and Lessons from Bipartisan Polling Webinar Slides

Slides from Top 10 for 2-Gen: Principles for Action and Lessons from Bipartisan Polling Webinar Slides covering new exit-polling data about support for two-generation policies to lift families out of poverty. November 2014.


Top Ten for 2Gen: Policy Ideas and Principles to Advance Two-Generation Efforts

Six principles and ten specific policies policymakers can use now to guide the design and use of two-generation approaches. October 2014.


The Affordable Care Act: Affording Two-Generation Approaches to Health

New report analyzing how the Affordable Care Act can improve families' health and economic stability. September 2014.


Women’s Economic Empowerment 2020

Brief from Ascend's May roundtable with 50 local, state, and national leaders on women's economic empowerment for 2020. July 2014.


Making Economic Security a Family Tradition

Full report from the 2012 Aspen ThinkXChange. 2013.


Aspen Institute Ascend Network Brochure

Introducing the Aspen Institute Ascend Network. April 2014.


Gateways to Two Generations

Ascend at the Aspen Institute publication on the potential for early childhood programs and partnerships to support children and their parents together. January 2014.


Innovations in Early Childhood: An Ascend Forum Overview

Ascend at the Aspen Institute overview of Aspen Forum on Innovations in Early Childhood. December 2013.


Voices for Two-Generation Success: Seeking Stable Futures

Findings from 10 focus groups with low and moderate income mothers, and teenage boys and girls.


2012 Ascend Fellows Brochure

Profiles of the inaugural Ascend Fellows class of leaders within the the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Fellowship furthering two-generation work with breakthrough ideas and leadership.


Toward A Two-Generation Strategy: Voices of American Families

Ascend Commissions Bipartisan Lake Research Partners and American Viewpoint Focus Groups. December 2011.


Two Generations, One Future

An Ascend at the Aspen Institute Report: Moving Parents and Children Beyond Poverty Together. January 2012.


Two Generations in Poverty: U.S. Status and Trends Among Parents and Children

Ascend Commissions Child Trends Data Analysis of Vulnerable American Families. November 2011.


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