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Tools and Resources

These tools are designed to support individuals and teams interested in furthering their 2-Gen work, building it into everyday practice and guiding policy decisions.

2-Gen Principles to Practice Tool

The Principles to Practice tool is based on principles that emerged through interagency and cross-sector efforts during 2017 and 2018. The tool intends to surface strengths and opportunities for moving the principles into practice for those who create policy or manage programs that effect families. This can be used in a team and will take between 1 to 2 hours to complete. The policy and practice change ideas that surface from the discussion may range from quick and short term changes to those with a longer time-frame.

Download the tool


Minnesota 2-Gen Research Briefs

The research team at the Minnesota Department of Human Services Economic Assistance and Employment Supports Division investigates and publishes briefs on topics that affect whole family systems Some briefs leverages collaborations with local agency partners across the state. Others utilize administrative data on public assistance programs to shed greater light on the experience of families participating in those programs. The following briefs have been published:

Results for Children Dashboard

The Children's Cabinet regularly convenes leaders from Minnesota state agencies to assess progress on the five key goals and to identify opportunities to support Minnesota's children and families. The Results for Children dashboard and the data for each of the indicators included provides key population outcomes from early childhood through post-secondary education. This dashboard is a resource to help state and local policymakers understand how well the state is preparing its next generation for success.

Visit the Dashboard


Early Childhood Systems Reform

The Early Childhood Systems Reform (ECSR) project was launched in early 2017 to create an effective state system of early childhood programs and services that ensures pregnant and parenting families of prenatal to three-year-olds are receiving the supports they need in a manner that encourages their optimal growth and development, and eliminates racial disparities in program access and outcomes. ECSR started by putting the families and communities that are impacted at the center of the process to identify solutions. In partnership with families and communities, we focused on naming and examining the root causes of these ongoing disparities in early childhood access and outcomes.

Other resources to inform 2-Gen work

What will your 2-Gen approach be? Visit some of these pages to help frame and shape your work:

Ascend at the Aspen Institute: Ascend has a wealth of publications and resources to guide your 2-Gen work.

Future Services Institute: A partner in the Minnesota 2-Gen efforts, Future Services Institute also has resources and events to shape a whole family approach.

Results First Initiative: Minnesota is a leader is a leader in evidence-based policymaking. The Results First Initiative uses rigorous research, local expertise, and data to give policymakers valuable information when making decisions.These resources can help shape your whole family approach.

State of Minnesota Services and Supports for Families with Young Children: This inventory is a compilation of the state-administered programs and services that serve children and families in Minnesota.  This resource guide is designed to help connect Minnesota kids, their parents and loved ones to opportunities and support available across the state of Minnesota

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