Ascend Publications

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

This report leads with 5 principles policymakers should consider when designing evaluation plans for their 2Gen efforts:

  1. Measure and account for outcomes for both children and parents;
  2. Embed learning and evaluation in policy design and systems development;
  3. Use multiple approaches;
  4. Use and promote data; and
  5. Build internal capacity and ensure continuous feedback through evaluation efforts.

We strongly believe that establishing a set of principles will ground 2Gen efforts and help agency staff, community partners, and other stakeholders understand what guides the learning and evaluation process.

The Ascend 2Gen Early Childhood Development and Health Working Group identifies and prioritizes opportunities that can steer policy and practice in directions that recognize the close connections between early childhood development and health. This brief comes out of a Strategic Mapping Session in July 2017.

Colorado has already seen great success with a multitude of 2Gen efforts, primarily in the human services realm. Critical stakeholders within the state recognize that if they want to take 2Gen to the next level, they must go beyond human services and look for 2Gen strategies that cut across sectors, nonprofits, the business community, state and local governments, and philanthropic partners. Each sector will participate for its own reasons, but together they will lift up Colorado families and make the state even stronger.

The Colorado Guide to 2Gen provides a roadmap for the next phase of the state’s efforts to ensure that all Colorado families and children are valued, healthy, and thriving. June 2017.

Profiles of the inaugural class of Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellows, advancing two-generation work with breakthrough ideas and leadership in Colorado.

“2Gen Tools to Help Families and Children Thrive: A Resource for Staff Implementing Federal, State and Local Government Staff Programs Serving Children and Families” is intended to support Federal, State, and local program directors, policy experts, program specialists, research analysts, training and technical assistance staff, grants
and budget analysts and other staff in how to embed a 2Gen approach in new funding opportunities; reviewing applications; designing programs, initiatives and priorities; developing policy guidance; and designing both internal professional development as well as providing technical assistance to grantees. April 2017.