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Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach

Report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that describes a new approach to reducing poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty — and recommends ways to help equip parents and children with what they need to thrive.

Two-Generation Approach – ASCEND at the Aspen Insittute

Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable parents and children together.

Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable parents and children together. – See more at: http://ascend.aspeninstitute.org/pages/the-two-generation-approach#sthash.MQ11XEAd.dpuf

Working Hard & Working Well: A Practical Guide to Performance Management

Working Hard, Working Well: A Practical Guide to Performance Management is useful guide for those who are interested in understanding performance management, those who want to learn how to develop performance-management systems, and those who are looking for practical knowledge about how to implement such systems in order to “manage to outcomes” as Mario Morino points out in his book Leap of Reason.

Nonprofit Sustainability

Nonprofit Sustainability – Register for the November 14th webinar on “Non-Profit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions” and access some other great resources on nonprofit sustainability to put to use for your organization!

Social Return on Investment

Social Return on Investment – How would you show savings achieved for the funding invested in your agency’s programs and services? Here are some resources that might help you consider the answer to this question, as well as give you ideas on how to develop material to promote an understanding of the value of your work.

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America

Community Action Book Club – Selection for October 2012 – Geoffrey Canada created the Harlem Children’s Zone where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America (excerpt from GoodReads.com). HCZ was used as the model for the Promise Neighborhoods initiative established by the Obama administration.

The Basic Economic Security Tables

Community Action Association of Alabama Releases BEST Report – Basic Economic Security Tables is an income sufficiency standard that includes asset building components for various family configurations at a local geographic level. Alabama BEST was published as part of the National BEST Initiative developed by Wider Opportunities for Women.

County Health Rankings

This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live.