Why a Family Perspective in Policymaking?
In order for communities to be able to support and strengthen families, local policymakers and other leaders want to understand what research tells us about the importance of assessing the impact a policy or program may have on families in much the same way these businesses, organizations, and public institutions assess the financial or environmental impact of their policies.
Examples of Extension’s Family Policy Education
A local coalition of school and community leaders, Dialogue for Student Success, in Watertown needed the latest research on effective use of media and technology in learning. UW-Extension Jefferson County’s Family Living Program responded with a presentation based on a recent Future of Children journal edition.
Local elected and appointed leaders wanted to know the impact on child development when children are born to young, umarried parents with limited resources and effective policies to support these parents and encourage healthy child development. UW-Extension Jefferson County’s Family Living Program responded with a presentation based on a recent policy brief from Brookings Institute and Princeton University.
UW-Extension Jefferson County’s Family Living Program is a leader in local family policy education. Between 1995 and 2008, local educators led the planning and implementation of 13 Family Impact Seminars. Local Family Impact Seminars are a research-based model of policy education adapted from state and national models. Seminar topics ranged from juvenile crime prevention to family caregiving. Click Family Impact Seminar Fact Sheet for more information about these programs.