How can we create opportunities and address the needs of both children and their parents, together?
Minnesota is part of a growing national network of states exploring the potential of two-generational approaches to create a legacy of economic security from one generation to the next. Throughout 2018, the Future Services Institute will conduct half-day workshops for Minnesota state employees to learn the two-generational approach lens and how to apply it to their work. This concept is relevant regardless of which agency you are in. Each workshop begins with a site visit to a local example of multi-generational service delivery, followed by a hands-on workshop to explore how might you apply it to your own work.
These workshops will be held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (with visit to a local site). All workshops run from 8.30am to 12.00pm on the following dates: February 6, April 18, June 19, August 7, and October 9, 2018
The Future Services Institute will also be hosting convenings for program leaders in community-based organizations who are committed to serving families in holistic ways, working to create a legacy of economic security from one generation to the next, and infusing the knowledge and wisdom of families and communities into programs and policies. These Practitioner Meet Ups are for program managers and others who work directly with families in community-based organizations who have implemented or are interested in implementing programs that focus equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for children and the adults in their lives. Those who attend appreciate the time to take a pause and network with others doing similar work outside of our organizations, share lessons learned, and spark new ideas that lead to innovative solutions. This is also an opportunity to connect with the broader 2-Gen movement and policy work happening in MN and beyond.
About the Minnesota 2-Generation Policy Network
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 Olmsted County), local sites (St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, 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.