Family Impact Seminars

Using Research to Build Better Public Policy for Families

Family Impact Seminars

Using Research to Build Better Public Policy for Families

The Family Impact Seminars—a series of seminars, discussion sessions, and briefing reports—provide state policymakers with nonpartisan, solution-oriented research on family issues such as after-school programs, children’s health insurance, early childhood care and education, juvenile crime, and welfare reform. The Family Impact Seminars were created to better connect research and policy, and to promote a family impact and racial equity lens in policymaking. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia are part of the Family Impact Institute for Family Impact Seminars network and are currently conducting or planning to conduct Family Impact Seminars in their capitals.

The Seminars target state policymakers, including legislators, legislative aides, governor’s office staff, legislative service agency staff, and agency representatives. The traditional format of the 2-hour seminars consists of three 20-minute presentations given by a panel of premier researchers, program directors, and policy analysts. For each seminar, discussion sessions are held and a background briefing report summarizes high-quality research on the issue in a succinct, easy-to-understand format.

Each state conducts one or two seminars a year, usually in the state capitol building, on an issue identified by a bipartisan group of state legislators. The Seminars are sponsored primarily by universities and Cooperative Extension.

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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #38

Strategies to Divert Adolescents with Behavioral Health Needs from the Juvenile Justice System
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #37

Building Strong Wisconsin Families: Evidence-Based Approaches to Address Toxic Stress in Children
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Indiana Family Impact Seminar #20

Diversion Programs at the Intersection of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #35

A Place to Call Home: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Homelessness Across Wisconsin
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Utah Family Impact Seminar #4

Taking the Bull by the Horns: Utah and the Upcoming Tsunami of Alzheimer’s Disease
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Kentucky Family Impact Seminar #3

Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect: Evidence-Based Parent Education and Other Support Programs
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North Carolina Family Impact Seminar #9

Helping Kids in Foster Care Succeed: Strategies for North Carolina to Strengthen Families and Save Money
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Rhode Island Family Impact Seminar #1

Economic Well-Being of Rhode Island Families: The Promise and Practice of Two-Generation Approaches
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Missouri Family Impact Seminar #3

The Promise of Two-Generation Anti-Poverty Strategies: Existing and Emerging Evidence
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Texas Family Impact Seminar #2

Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #32

The Science of Early Brain Development: A Foundation for the Success of Our Children and the State Economy
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Iowa Family Impact Seminar #5

The Future of Healthcare: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Iowa Families
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Virginia Family Impact Seminar #4

Military and Veteran Families: Focus on Strategies for Sustainable Housing and Family Well-Being
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Illinois Family Impact Seminar #8

Guarding All Children in Sleep: New Ideas for Reducing Disparities in Safe Sleep Practices
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Utah Family Impact Seminar #2

Families and Mental Health: Childhood Exposure to Traumatic Events
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Iowa Family Impact Seminar #4

STEM Education and Afterschool Programs: Presenting Evidence-Based, Unbiased Research to Examine the Family Impact of Policies and Programs
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Missouri Family Impact Seminar #1

Missouri Policy Opportunities: New Evidence and Innovations in Child Welfare Systems
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Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #4

Evidence-Based Solutions to Poverty: Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visitation Program
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Iowa Family Impact Seminar #2

Iowa, Fertile Grounds for Growing Business: Attracting Businesses to our State
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Virginia Family Impact Seminar #3

Employment Opportunities and Workforce Development: Policies, Programs and Strategies for Virginia’s Families
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Illinois Family Impact Seminar #6

Learning to Play, Playing to Learn: The Importance of Play in Early Childhood and the Transition to School
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Texas Family Impact Seminar #1

Getting To and Through College: Strategies for Improving College Attendance and Completion Rates in Texas
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Georgia Family Impact Seminar #5

Supporting Georgia’s Military Members and Families: Implications for State Policy
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Illinois Family Impact Seminar #5

Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards: Celebrating Success and Moving Forward
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Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #2

Connecting Business to Innovative Strategies for Poverty Reduction: Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Investments
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Minnesota Family Impact Seminar #3

Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Increasing Outcomes and Accountability for Children, Youth and Families
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Michigan Family Impact Seminar #16

Strengthening Michigan Family Finances: Policy Options for Weathering Tough Times
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Virginia Family Impact Seminar #2

Substance Abuse Prevention: Policies, Programs and Strategies for Virginia’s Youth
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Georgia Family Impact Seminar #3

Georgia Policy Opportunities: The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry
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Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #1

New Findings About an Innovative Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents Attending Louisiana Community Colleges
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New Mexico Family Impact Seminar #4

The Impact of Incarceration on Families, Children, and the Community: Consequences and Costs
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Minnesota Family Impact Seminar #1

Options for a Responsive and Accountable Early Childhood Education System in Minnesota
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Indiana Family Impact Seminar #10

Meeting the Challenge of Moving Youth into the Workforce: Reducing Dropouts and Increasing Educational Attainment
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New Mexico Family Impact Seminar #3

Early Childhood Development: The Economic, Social, and Psychological Impact of Education and Care
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #25

Cost-Effective Approaches in Juvenile and Adult Corrections: What Works? What Doesn’t?
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Michigan Family Impact Seminar #12

Improving Health Care Quality While Controlling Costs: What Can State Policymakers Do?
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Montana Family Impact Seminar #1

Kinship Care and Child Welfare: Current Challenges and Future Policy Direction
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Nebraska Family Impact Seminar #3

Welfare Reform: Promoting Parental Self-Sufficiency While Ensuring the Well-Being of Children
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #22

Medicaid: Who Benefits, How Expensive is It, and What are States Doing to Control Costs?
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Michigan Family Impact Seminar #10

Early Childhood Education and Care: An Economic Development Strategy for Michigan
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #10

Building Resiliency and Reducing Risk: What Youth Need from Families and Communities to Succeed
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #8

Programs and Policies to Prevent Youth Crime, Smoking and Substance Use: What Works?
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Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #5

Welfare Reform: Can Government Promote Parental Self-sufficiency While Ensuring the Well-being of Children?

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