How can we create opportunities and address the needs of both vulnerable children and their parents, together?
As part of a national system-improvement effort, the Minnesota 2-Generation Policy Network was launched in late 2016. The network has brought together state agencies (MN Housing, MN Management and Budget, DEED, Office of Higher Education, Children’s Cabinet, Dept. of Human Services, and Dept. of Health), counties (Ramsey County, Hennepin County, and Itasca County), local sites (St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, Invest Early in Itasca County, White Earth Nation, Northside Achievement Zone, and Olmsted County Child and Family Services), and related organizations (Assoc. of MN Counties, Wilder Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund, and the City of Minneapolis).
The vision for the network is that the state of Minnesota will have families that thrive, services that are integrated to support children and families, and systems that support integration and effectiveness. Central to a two-generational approach to policies and practices are families that have health, economic assets, social capital, career pathways, and nurturing learning environments. To do this, the network is committed to system redesign and service integration centered on family wellbeing in which state and local partners collaborate to design systems, policies, and practices, and families influence service delivery.
Lessons learned by the Network will inform the development of range of changes from alterations in state administrative practices to proposed legislative changes that will be brought during the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.
Future Services Institute provides expertise in group process design offered by facilitating meetings and engagements focused on identifying solutions, designing and implement interventions, and building capacity to support program and practice improvements at the local level. This involves convening diverse stakeholders to ideate, design, plan, and implement specific interventions they develop to overcome systemic barriers in service provision.
Future Services Institute is also bringing to the Network a range of system-wide tools that can support more integrated service provision to MN families such as the integrated services assessment tool and the MFIP Connect App. It is planned that these tools will be available to all local sites and their effect assessed.