National Human Services Assembly
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Capture the True Value of Human Services with Reframing

January 23, 2020

Increasingly, philanthropic and government partners are recognizing the true value that human service organizations provide to our communities by building everyone’s well-being. One of the latest instances is observed by Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, in a December 18, 2019 “Commentary: Strengthening Human Services Community-Based Organizations” in […]

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When Bad Requirements Happen to Good Programs

January 9, 2020

Harmful cultural models — or inaccurate “deeply held understandings that motivate thought and behavior in largely unconscious and automatic ways” — can influence policymakers’ application of harsh requirements that limit access to programs such as hunger prevention. The start of state legislative sessions offers an opportunity to provide reframed messages that background those unproductive models, […]

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Thank You for a Stellar 2019!

December 12, 2019

Thanks to you and other national, state and local human service organizations across the country, the National Reframing Initiative had a banner year. We’re excited to report the below progress in advancing the Building Well-Being Narrative in 2019. Implementation Highlights The National Reframing Initiative was pleased to welcome new partners, provide tailored training and technical […]

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Expert Reframes Early Childhood Development

November 14, 2019

We love seeing reframing used in different contexts and venues. So we were delighted to read a September 26, 2019 Brookings Institution/Brown Center Chalkboard article by Dr. Dana Suskind, “What cutting-edge neuroscience tells us about early childhood development,” that uses framing techniques to broaden the conversation about research on language and brain development. Suskind is […]

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Reframing Tricks and Treats to Avoid Fatalism

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! To celebrate the holiday, we’re reviewing some common ways the human service sector can undercut its communications’ goals — specifically tactics that “spook” our audiences by activating a sense of fatalism, or a misperception that challenges are too big, complex and entrenched to address or solve. This limited outlook means the public thinks […]

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