Project Summary and Intended Outcomes
A “two-generation” perspective is gaining popularity among researchers and practitioners, bringing together domains of policy and practice that traditionally have focused on children or parents in isolation. The two-generation approach is based on a foundation of research showing the reciprocal relationships between parents’ economic, psychological, and social well-being and children’s healthy development. Programs that have targeted services and resources to parents and children jointly have shown great success and demonstrated that assisting both groups simultaneously can yield greater benefits than those achieved when focusing on a single population.
Roles and Responsibilities
A “two-generation” CHE-CCE summer intern could collect information about examples of promising two-generation programming around the country. The intern could: 1) collect data on costs and benefits and rigorous evaluations of program effects; 2) research concrete examples of successful programs that have been implemented in other states (including initial and ongoing funding, training, etc.), and 3) interview CCE staff and program directors to understand more about the existing needs and interests among extension workers. These efforts could culminate in a series of briefs that could be distributed throughout the CCE system, as well as a PowerPoint presentation that could be delivered to CCE leadership.
Qualifications and Previous Coursework
The student should have a background of coursework in child and family policy and/or child development. The student should also have a background of coursework in statistics and research methods. Excellent writing and strong interpersonal skills are also required.
Benefits and Skills
The student will:
a. Gain a substantive understanding of two-generation policy and programming, an emerging area of social policy and practice
b. Develop analytical and methodological skills as they learn to read and interpret empirical research on these policies
c. Enhance their visual and oral communication skills via the preparation of research briefs and presentations