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!

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As hundreds of organizations and dozens of states around the country explore two-generation (2Gen) approaches, Ascend at the Aspen Institute, the national 2Gen hub, is documenting and sharing the lessons of field leaders. This brief from our 2Gen Toolbox focuses on a leading community model, the United Way, and how United Ways are leveraging their community leadership roles and funding portfolios to achieve better outcomes for children and families through a 2Gen approach. This brief is part of our Solutions Series (January 2018)

Summary report and next steps from the Colorado 2Gen Statewide Conference held November 6-7, 2017 in Denver. You can find more information on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Two-Generation Approach webpage.

New publication from New America’s Family-Centered Social Policy program in partnership with Ascend Network Partner Springboard to Opportunities, under the direction of Ascend Fellow Aisha Nyandoro. November 2017.

New 2-pager on Ascend Network efforts in Colorado. November 2017.

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.

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.