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Media’s Response to 2021 Budget Reinforces Need for Reframing

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Media’s Response to 2021 Budget Reinforces Need for Reframing

Earlier this month, the Administration released its Fiscal Year 2021 budget with expected funding cuts to several human service programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid, as well as eliminating funding for others such as after school programs and the Community Development Block Grant. And expectedly, media headlines followed citing decreased funding […]

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Capture the True Value of Human Services with Reframing

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

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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Expert Reframes Early Childhood Development

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

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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