Ascend Publications

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.

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)

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)

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.