A Shared Sentence

The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities

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The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. But while states spend heavily on corrections, few resources exist to support those left behind. A Shared Sentence offers commonsense proposals to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience.

April 18, 2016

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Collective Impact in Workforce Development: A Working Paper

Perspectives From the Field

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This working paper explores the concept of collective impact in the workforce development field — its successes, limitations and potential for benefiting prospective employees and business alike. Drawing from interviews with experts, this report offers several examples of multisector collaboration and recommendations for implementing such strategies for funders, policymakers and organizations focused on employment and training.

March 25, 2016

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By The Numbers: A Race for Results Case Study

Using Disaggregated Data to Inform Policies, Practices and Decision-making

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This case study examines how collecting and utilizing race-based data to inform decision making can help support better outcomes for children and communities of color. 

March 20, 2016

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From Project to Platform

The Evolution of KIDS COUNT

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This report tells the story of how a single data book documenting child well-being measures turned into a mission-critical vehicle for the Casey Foundation in building bipartisan support for proven practice solutions and policy change.

March 17, 2016

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Crisis — and Opportunity — in Delaware’s Child Welfare System

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In 2011, Delaware’s child welfare system wasn’t just in trouble — it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware’s children and families.  

March 2, 2016

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Recasting American Apprenticeship

A Summary of the Barriers to Apprenticeship Expansion Research Project

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This report presents new research and recommendations aimed at helping businesses recognize apprenticeships as a valuable, viable workforce development strategy. Its companion publication, Recasting Apprenticeship Annotated Bibliography, shares a collection of literature on apprenticeship.

February 24, 2016

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Connecting Young Adults to Employment

Results From a National Survey of Service Providers

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This report shares findings from a national survey conducted by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative. It tells how 340 organizations across the country are working to connect young adults with employment. Service providers reveal go-to strategies, common connection roadblocks and job qualities that matter most to America’s youngest workers. Readers will also learn about research opportunities, investment ideas and policy and practice improvements aimed at helping young adults succeed in today’s labor market. 

January 19, 2016

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Building Cross-System Implementation Centers

A Roadmap for State and Local Child- and Family- Serving Agencies in Developing Centers of Excellence (COE)

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This report defines and explores the concept of Centers of Excellence after a learning community of experts tackled key questions: why have COEs been established; what are their core functions; what will it take to sustain them; and, how can they be utilized effectively by state and local governments. 

December 1, 2015

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What Young People Need to Thrive

Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy

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This brief draws upon the voices of young people in transition from foster care to adulthood to explore the need and strategies for providing typical experiences — or normalcy — for kids in foster care. 

November 12, 2015

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