Briefs

Practice Brief: Strategic Learning

Strategic Learning inspires and guides future direction from the failed attempts and successful outcomes of past efforts.

Practice Brief: Human-Centered Design

Solving complex social problems demands the ideas and engagement of the people that have lived through them.

Practice Brief: Outcome Harvesting

Outcome Harvesting is a methodology ideal for retrospective evaluation of complex systems change efforts.

Practice Brief: Mobility Mentoring

Mobility Mentoring offers a roadmap to growth and self-sufficiency through coaching, goal-setting, and the celebration of achievement.

Issue Brief: Trauma-Responsive Employment Services:
The Healthy Workers, Healthy Wisconsin Project

By providing training and access to employment opportunities, job programs help individuals obtain the skills and social connections necessary to achieve sustainable employment1

Issue Brief: The Promise of Prisoner Reentry Programming

Recidivism among individuals released from prison is a central concern for local communities and the criminal justice field. Studies suggest that most Americans released from prison are re-arrested, reconvicted or re-incarcerated for a violation …

Issue Brief: Translating Trauma-Informed Principles into Trauma-Responsive Practices

Research on trauma has produced two certain conclusions. First, trauma is prevalent. More than half of Americans report having at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE),1 and many adults also endure …

Issue Brief: Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (T-SBIRT)

It is estimated that over 70% of the population worldwide has experienced a traumatic event.1 Based on rapidly expanding insights into the scope and consequences of trauma exposure, trauma-informed care has become …

Issue Brief: Supporting Safe, Stable, and Healthy Housing

Housing provides a foundation for health, well-being and prosperity. However, many families in the child welfare system lack reliable access to an affordable home. In this issue brief we highlight how housing is linked to child safety, permanence …

Issue Brief: Assessing Well-Being in Child Welfare

Most children and adolescents that enter the child welfare system have been exposed to multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse and neglect. As a result, they often present with …

Issue Brief: Engaging Families in Home Visiting

Home visiting programs provide support and services to enhance the health and well-being of children and their caregivers, particularly in vulnerable and economically disadvantaged populations. Research indicates that home visiting services can promote …

Issue Brief: Asking Sensitive Questions

Human service providers ask clients questions to understand their backgrounds, identify their strengths and needs, and build rapport. Many clients have been exposed to significant adversities and traumatic events that undermine …

Issue Brief: Integrating PCIT into Child Welfare Services

Across home, day care, school, mental health, and social service settings, many young children present with externalizing problems such as aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, and inattention. Caregivers, teachers, and even treatment providers often struggle to manage …