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Information Management Support to Two-Generation Initiatives

The Educational Alliance

The Educational Alliance—one of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s grantees—takes a dual-generation approach to improving educational outcomes and family economic security for low-income families, putting whole families on the path to economic success. The program combines early childhood programs with adult education for parents and wraparound social services to strengthen whole families.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has funded two types of programs to strengthen families through a strategy that simultaneously addresses child development and parents’ economic stability. These projects, undertaken by seven community-based organizations across the United States, were conceived in response to research showing that a “dual-generation” approach is more likely to produce long-lasting change than separate programming for adults and children. These programs bridge early childhood care and education with parents’ career development, financial education, and parenting support.

AECF engaged Metis to provide information management services to support an implementation, cost, and outcome evaluation of the two programs under this initiative: the Early Childhood Demonstration, which took place through nonprofit organizations in four cities from 2014–16, and Family Centered Community Change, which has been conducted in partnership with community development initiatives in three cities since 2015. This collaboration follows from Metis’s earlier and extensive data-collection and analysis work with multiple ambitious and geographically broad AECF initiatives.

Each of the AECF grantees has collected substantial data on factors such as program participation, participant demographics, child and adult educational attainment and achievement, and family employment and earnings. Metis works with AECF and the evaluators of these initiatives to assemble data collected from the organizations involved in the programs, conduct data quality assurance, and organize the data into a format that the communities, the foundations, and the evaluators can use to draw conclusions about the programs.

Metis is also helping individual grantees develop their information systems. Working with The Educational Alliance in New York City, for example, Metis helped to migrate data from many spreadsheets into a new system we designed with them that tracks data for both adults and children and keeps track of which children are related to which adults. For other grantees, Metis is helping to improve data management and use practices by extending the capacity of existing systems.