Families & Schools Together, Inc. Receives $10,000 Grant Award from the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program

12/12/16

Madison-based parent engagement non-profit will engage key stakeholders in redesigning the FAST® Program evaluation and improvement process and collaboratively plan for scale-up of effective family engagement programming across Wisconsin.

Madison, Wis. (December 12, 2016) – Families & Schools Together, Inc. received a generous grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment of the Medical College of Wisconsin to support the organization’s capacity building efforts.

In collaboration with the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Families & Schools Together will engage key stakeholders in redesigning the FAST® Program evaluation and improvement process and collaboratively plan for scale-up of effective family engagement programming across Wisconsin.

“We are very appreciative of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s investment in this project,” said Carol Goedken, CEO and Executive Director of Families & Schools Together, Inc. “This award will serve as a catalyst for leveraging and supporting wide-scale implementation, effectiveness, and long-term sustainability of positive, health-related outcomes for children, families, and communities.”

“The CommNS is excited to partner with Families & Schools Together in this project,” Amy Hilgendorf, Associate Director for Engaged Research of the CommNS, commented. “A strong evaluation can take a program to new heights, by helping stakeholders to look at the program as it looks today and how that compares to what they want the program to be. Gathering the right kind of data and working with it in ways that inform practice opens the doors for increased program effectiveness and impact.”

This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The CommNS, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a campus-wide center focused on inquiry and action for social change with affiliates from a variety of disciplines. The applied research and evaluation work of the CommNS includes comprehensive development and implementation of research designs, including integrated mixed methods data collection and analysis plans. The faculty, staff and students of the CommNS develop, pilot and refine data collection instrumentation, including surveys, focus group and interview protocols. The CommNS also specializes in multi-audience and multi-format research dissemination, from traditional reports and scholarly manuscripts to multimedia presentations that can effectively communicate research findings to diverse community, practitioner, and academic audiences and support action. In recent years, the CommNS has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of large evaluation projects, such as the Transform Wisconsin project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Obesity Prevention Initiative funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

About Families & Schools Together
Families & Schools Together, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Madison, Wisconsin whose mission is the development and worldwide dissemination of the FAST® Program. Founded in 1988 by scientific researcher and Professor of Social Work Dr. Lynn McDonald, the internationally-acclaimed FAST® Program is built on a strong platform of developmental and behavioral science and consistently produces statistically significant improvements in children’s behavior, emotional well-being, and academic performance. FAST® empowers parents to build social capital among schools and communities, and helps them strengthen their role as leaders within the family as well as in the community. By establishing these networks of support, families are more able to actively engage in their child’s education, leading to improved academic and developmental outcomes. To learn more about Families & Schools Together, Inc. and the FAST® Program, click here.