2Gen Toolbox

Ascend is pleased to offer these resources to the growing two-generation field. We kindly request that you attribute Ascend’s work by citing the tool referenced. Please email ascend.info@aspeninstitute.org with any questions. Thank you!

With collectively more than 100 years of policy expertise and values-based leadership between us, Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Housing Opportunity and Services Together initiative at the Urban Institute partnered to develop a set of recommendations on how to harness assisted housing and public-private housing partnerships for better outcomes for families. By Dr. Susan Popkin, director of the Urban Institute’s HOST Initiative and Institute Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center; Elsa Falkenburger, MPA, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute; and Sarah Haight, MSW, assistant director for network and outreach at Ascend. (December 2018)

Using a two-generation (2Gen) framework, Medicaid can be designed to support the social capital, health and well-being, educational attainment, and economic security of children and families, together, so they can maximize their health and thrive. This checklist outlines specific Medicaid policies and design choices adopted in Colorado to implement a 2Gen approach to improve the lives of children and families. By Gretchen Hammer, Colorado Medicaid Director et al. (December 2018)

Ascend 2Gen_Core Components Graphic

2Gen Graphics

Enclosed in this Zip file are three graphics Ascend often uses to convey the two-generation approach to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty for families: the 2Gen continuum, the 2Gen core components, and the legacy of opportunity graphic. We encourage you to use these graphics in your own communications, and kindly request that you attribute these graphics to Ascend.

By Teresa Eckrich Sommer, Terri J. Sabol, and P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale from Northwestern University; Mario Small, Harvard University; Henry Wilde, Acelero Learning; Sean Brown, The University of New Mexico; Zong Yang Huang, Northwestern University.

Published in the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, January, 2017.

 

Ascend Child Support brief

Shining a light on supportive approaches to noncustodial parenting, specifically by looking at Colorado’s successful CO-PEP program. By Reggie Bicha, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services, and Roxane White, Morgridge Innovator in Residence. April, 2018.

Ascend Transition Strategies brief

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. Ascend Fellows Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Roxane White, Morgridge Innovator in Residence, discuss best practices for maintaining 2Gen momentum through transition. This brief is part of our Solutions Series (February 2018)