Reinventing the Way We Measure Family Outcomes


Many policies and programs in the United States target either children or their parents. Few keep the whole family in focus, and even fewer have mastered the complex task of measuring outcomes for families. This month, the state of Connecticut took a big step forward when its Office of Early Childhood announced a new way measure when…

Sustaining 2Gen Success During Transitions


Good leaders know when a transition is coming and work to provide a clear roadmap for the future. Transitions at the state level are felt even more acutely these days with staff turnover, retiring leadership, and 2018 gubernatorial elections on the horizon in 36 states. As state leaders think about what comes next, maintaining the…

Strategies for Centering Families: New Narratives, Better Policies


On Thursday, November 30, 2017, we hosted a webinar to explore effective policymaking strategies that replace false narratives with real family voices and experiences. Speakers highlighted recommendations from a new paper, Becoming Visible: Welfare, Race, and Political Voice in Jackson, Mississippi, which details the experiences of families in affordable housing in the context of social…

2015-16 Ascend Fellows


John Annis Barancik Foundation Sarasota, FL Mr. John Annis is, as of January 1, 2018, the senior vice president of collaboration and impact at the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Barancik Foundation, a private foundation serving Sarasota, has awarded $27 million in grants since its 2014 inception. Formerly, he was senior vice president of community…

2012-2013 Ascend Fellows


Katie Albright Safe and Sound San Francisco, CA Katie Albright, JD, is the Executive Director of Safe and Sound (formerly the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center), an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families, and the mental health of children. Her prior experiences include SF Deputy…

Legislative proposals that could help, or hurt, families


The past few months have been a whirlwind of policy proposals and deliberations at the Congressional level. Most recently, the House of Representatives passed sweeping changes to the US tax code, with the Senate slated to debate and hold a vote on their version of the legislation after Thanksgiving. While this proposal carries numerous implications…