National Reframing Human Services Initiative
Building Well-Being So Everyone Can Reach Their Full Potential
An Introduction to Reframing
Human services play a vital role in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities. Yet the rich value, broad scope, and vast societal benefits of human services are simply not resonating with the public. As a result, the human service sector has struggled to marshal the resources and public engagement necessary to address the complex issues facing their communities. Since 2012, the National Human Services Assembly’s National Reframing Initiative has worked to change the conversation on human needs in order to make human services a national priority.
The National Reframing Initiative builds broader and more robust civic support for human services to improve well-being for all people across their lifespan. To help create an effective and evidence-based strategy, the National Assembly engaged the FrameWorks Institute to conduct a multiyear study on how best to build the public’s will to support the sector’s important work. Based on the findings, FrameWorks identified an overarching story, the Building Well-Being Narrative, that is proven to significantly increase the public’s knowledge of what human services are and why they are critical for a vibrant society.
To accelerate the widespread adoption of this new approach into human service communications, the National Reframing Initiative advances comprehensive mobilization and implementation strategies at the local, state, and national level, including:
- Developing publically available tools and resources to help organizations, associations, and networks integrate the Building Well-Being Narrative into their communications;
- Providing targeted trainings and short- and long-term technical assistance to deepen the reframing capacity of human service organizations and allies; and
- Creating and disseminating reframed messages to provide policymakers, the media, and the public with a more accurate understanding of the vital role of the human service sector.
This initiative is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation.
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Our long-time National Reframing Initiative partner, Illinois Partners for Human Service, recently launched “Our Shared Human Story” (OSHS), a digital marketing campaign aimed at promoting the value of human services as well as raising awareness of Illinois Partners, a statewide coalition of over 800 human service organizations. Illinois Partners worked diligently to integrate the FrameWorks […]
FEATURED ARTICLESFrameWorks Institute Offers New Perspectives on Adolescent Development
Our friends at the FrameWorks Institute recently released extensive new research on adolescent development. “To help build public understanding and create demand for necessary policies and programs, FrameWorks studied how Americans understand the changes that occur during adolescence, the factors that influence it, and what supports it.” Sponsored by Funders for Adolescent Science Translation, the […]
FEATURED ARTICLESReleasing the Reframing Implementation Guide
You’ve been patiently waiting, and we’re delivering! In order to help the National Reframing Network implement the Building Well-Being Narrative most effectively, this week we released the much-anticipated Implementation Guide. The National Reframing Initiative’s new practical and accessible online implementation guide features user-friendly recommendations, troubleshooting strategies, tips, and real-world examples for each of the four […]