Projects

Next Steps for Rigorous Research on Two-Generation Approaches

2019-2023

Project Overview

Objective

To continue building the evidence base for fully integrated, intentional two-generation program models with adequate intensity and quality of services for both parents and their children.

Project Motivation

Two-generation approaches that aim to support child development and family economic security hold promise for breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty. NS2G is expanding upon results from a literature review, national scan, and field work conducted during the previous project, Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security by building the capacity of a group of two-generation initiatives for potential future summative evaluation.

Partners in Progress

  • Brighton Center (Newport, Kentucky)
  • Garrett County Community Action Committee (Oakland, Maryland)
  • San Antonio Dual Gen (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Valley Settlement (Carbondale, Colorado)

Prepared For

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Families with low-incomes can face significant challenges as they attempt to navigate education and employment while finding quality early care and education that supports children’s development and meets families’ needs. Two-generation programs that integrate early care and education with adult education and employment services can help families attain economic security and reach their goals.

Over the next four years, project staff will apply these recommendations to strengthen selected two-generation programs, extend the lessons from those activities to the broader two-generation program field, and ultimately prepare a subset of two-generation programs for potential future summative evaluation. The current project has three key activities:

  1. Conduct formative evaluations with four two-generation programs to better understand program implementation, strengthen and refine their theories of change, and prepare those programs for evaluation;
  2. Develop and strengthen the internal capacity of programs to conduct rigorous and meaningful evaluations of integrated approaches to supporting child development and improving family economic security; and
  3. Draft and pilot test a measure of mutual reinforcement that will support future evaluations and build knowledge across programs.

The project team will partner with content, technical, and practical experts—as well as a range of stakeholders from government agencies, policymaker associations, and professional organizations—to inform the work and produce reliable recommendations about building program capacity and conducting formative evaluations.

Related Staff

Emily Sama-Miller

Emily Sama-Miller

Principal Researcher

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Christine Ross

Christine Ross

Principal Researcher

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Scott Baumgartner

Scott Baumgartner

Researcher

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Mary Anne Anderson

Mary Anne Anderson

Researcher

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Nickie Fung

Nickie Fung

Researcher

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Kara Conroy

Kara Conroy

Researcher

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