Entries by Sabine Schoenbach

FrameWorks: Framing Community Safety

A new report from The FrameWorks Institute (courtesy of The Annie E Casey Foundation and the Prevention Institute) has recommendations on Framing Community Safety (including the public health approach to community safety and social determinants of health and safety). A helpful resource if you’re engaging in public conversation on issues of safety. Check it out Here.

If the federal government can’t pay its bills, then millions of Americans can’t pay theirs

The debt default stalemate is careening toward next week’s hard deadline.  And while there has been solid coverage of the catastrophic consequences of the nation defaulting on its obligations, it’s worth highlighting the voices that are directly connecting the dots between communities’ wellbeing and the economy. For instance, Center for American Progress’ Jean Ross writes: […]

Louisiana Budget Project: Medicaid Works

Focused on telling success stories about this essential public system, uses voices of impacted people to reinforce the up-front systems language, talks about how it helps everyday people and families AND the broader ripple effects for communities and our economy. Check it out here.

Messaging on “safety:” Some positive examples

Recent Topos’ research confirms that a progressive take on “safety” is effective (and needed!). To counter efforts by conservatives to use anxieties about crime to put progressives on the defensive, a progressive take on “safety” acknowledges people’s concern, but puts the causes and solutions in terms of the well-being of regular people, including an aspirational […]

Topos: Acting On Our Values is Good Economics

Progressive economic policies that focus on people’s wellbeing can hit a brick wall (or at least a sturdy parapet) constructed by the current cultural common sense – the pervasive, default perspectives that shape our thinking in deep, often unconscious ways – about the economy.  The dominant model of the economy in this country (which successfully […]

Measuring Narrative Change: Understanding Progress and Navigating Complexity

In 2021, ORS Impact released a second iteration of their 2019 Measuring Narrative Change 1.0 report to dive more deeply into narrative change concepts and what these mean for measurement and evaluation. With practical insights and guiding questions for practitioners, funders, and others interested in measuring narrative change – the guide provides a common language […]

How We Achieve a Multiracial Democracy

America needs a new story—one that is honest and inspiring, and that doesn’t shy away from its racial history—to guide us toward realizing a thriving multiracial democracy. Angela Glover Blackwell dives into the elements of this new story in the Spring 2023 issue of SSIR, highlighting a framework around race and racism that allows us […]

We Make the Future: Fund Our Future

In collaboration with the State Revenue Alliance, We Make the Future shares digital toolkits, research findings, messaging implementation, and more on revenue and making the case for well-funded public systems. Our shared vision for overcoming and recovering from the pandemic centers interventions that make life better for families. Our partners desire to build a world […]