Ascend Publications

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 publication referenced. Please email ascend.info@aspeninstitute.org with any questions. Thank you!

Family Prosperity Innovation Community Index

The Family Prosperity Innovation Community Index is a collection of resources created by Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community partners. Since 2017, Family Prosperity has produced a wide range of research and resources to advance learning and action around what it takes to move families, especially those with low incomes, toward economic mobility. The community’s work addresses policy and practice on a wide range of issues, including paid family and medical leave, child care, health insurance and health care, employment benefits, and social safety net programs. This body of work represents the evidence necessary to envision a future of family-supportive policies and practices in America, and the path required to meet it.

Framing Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families Report

To build a bigger constituency for innovative and more robust approaches to social policy and social services, two-generation advocates will need to communicate clearly, and carefully.

This framing playbook is intended for “the choir” – the agency leaders, social service professionals, and advocates, including families, who are leading their communities and constituencies toward two-generation approaches to supporting families. It offers guidance on how to make intentional choices about where to start, what to emphasize, and what to leave unsaid.

Messaging Guide

The messages found in this guide are based on the results of research and analysis by the FrameWorks Institute. These tips will help you craft memorable, effective messages for the public and policymakers. More information on the research and rationale behind these recommendations is available in Framing Two-Generation Approaches to Supporting Families.

Committed to helping families create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity, LIFT, a national nonprofit that connects parents with trained coaches who help them achieve career and financial goals, implements a two-generation (2Gen) strategy. Their partnership with AppleTree, a recognized leader in evidence-based early childhood education, demonstrates LIFT’s commitment to staying laser-focused on the needs of its members – the parents – while recognizing that the educational and financial well-being of parents affects their kids. The initial data from this strategic partnership has yielded promising results. (July 2019)

In fall 2018, Ascend and the GOOD+ Foundation convened fathers, researchers, thought leaders, policymakers, and social service program leaders to explore the Father Factor — a Critical Link in Building Strong Families and Communities. This report summarizes critical themes and practical examples that surfaced at the convening to increase father engagement for the well-being of children, families, and communities. (May 2019)

With 22 percent of the undergraduate student population comprised of parents, policymakers and institutions must explore the unique needs of this population and address the challenges that may prevent parents from attaining their degree. This includes determining what systems, services, and approaches best support their mental health needs. This brief examines opportunities for policymakers and academic institutions to adapt existing mental health services in order to meet the unique needs of students who are parents and help them complete their degree. (April 2019)