Data Calculation Notes
In order to assess the number of families served through a 2-Gen approach, as well as the number of 2-Gen approaches in Austin/Travis County, UWATX administered a survey in October 2018 to 52 family-serving programs, partnerships, and/or collaborations in the community. Survey recipients were selected if they had participated in 2-Gen strategic planning activities and/or if they provide direct service to children, parent, and/or families. Recipients were asked questions about the services they provide, the clients they serve, and the outcomes they measure. They were also asked about the number of children, adults/parent, and families they served in the last year (2017). The most relevant questions are included for reference below. To ensure that comprehensive information was collected, UWATX staff followed up with any programs, partnerships, or collaborations that did not respond to the original survey or who submitted incomplete information. UWATX already had information about the number of clients served for many community partners. In these instances, pre-existing 2017 data was used.
Before the survey was deployed a group of data experts, including staff and consultants from UWATX, the Travis County Health and Human Services Research and Planning Division, and the City of Austin Economic Development Department, met to determine the criteria that should be used to assess whether or not a program, partnership, or collaboration can be considered a 2-Gen approach. These criteria were also vetted through a 2-Gen Data Committee that met throughout the strategic planning year. The criteria are closely aligned with national research on what constitutes a 2-Gen approach.
For the purpose of establishing a community-wide baseline, in order to be considered a 2-Gen approach, a program, partnership, or collaboration must meet all four of the 2-Gen criteria as seen below. Additionally, United Way and community partners believe that the 2-Gen approach is naturally more of a spectrum than a binary. In order to encompass a broader range of the 2-Gen spectrum in baseline measurements, UWATX and partners established a second classification: a near 2-Gen approach. A near 2-Gen approach must meet criteria 1-3 and also include services that advance family economic mobility in ways other than adult education and/or job training, such as services that promote health/mental health, social capital, financial security, and/or stable housing.
- Services are delivered deliberately and simultaneously for both generations (parent and children);
- Outcomes are measured for both generations;
- Services for children include interventions that promote the development of the child(ren) between the ages of 0-12; and
- Services for parent include adult education and or job training leading to the potential of employment with a family-sustaining wage.
UWATX received data for all programs, partnerships, or collaborations that were classified as a 2-Gen approach or a near 2-Gen approach, either through the survey or follow-up communication. Fewer than 10 agencies did not fill out the survey or respond to follow-up communication. Based on staff knowledge of agency programming, the agency website, and conversations with 2-Gen consultants, none of these agencies were determined to be a using a 2-Gen approach or a near 2-Gen approach.
Selection of 2-Gen Baseline Survey Questions:
Survey recipients were asked to provide an answer of “yes,” “no,” or “partially” to the following questions. A response of “partially” required short explanation.
- Do you provide programs/services to children aged 0-12 years old?
Please note that your agency does not have to serve children in this entire age range in order to select ‘yes’.
- Do you provide programs/services to parents/caregivers?
- Do you provide programs/services to parents and children simultaneously?
- Do you measure outcomes for children 0-12 years old?
Please note, since your agency may not serve every age group in the 0-12 age range, please select ‘yes’ if you measure outcomes for the ages that you do serve within that range.
- Do you measure outcomes for parents/caregivers?
- Do your programs/services enhance the parent’s/caregiver’s earning potential?
- Do your programs/services promote the development of children aged 0-12?
Please note that your agency does not have to serve children in this entire age range in order to select ‘yes’. (Your program may serve children age 13+ but we are specifically interested in children in the 0-12 age range).
Baseline data on the rest of the performance measures included in this Plan, along with five-year targets, will be published by or before the one-year update at the end of 2019.