Projects & Outreach: Family Impact Seminars

What are Family Impact Seminars?

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Connecting Research and State Policymaking
Promoting a Family Perspective in
Research, Policy and Practice

Family Impact Seminars are a series of seminars, briefing reports, and follow-up activities for state policymakers such as legislators, legislative aides, Governor's office staff, personnel from the support bureaus of the legislature, agency representatives, University faculty, and service providers. The seminars provide non-partisan, solution-based research on family issues such as child care, juvenile crime, long-term care, parenting, teenage pregnancy, and welfare reform.

The seminars include presentations by a panel of premier researchers and policy analysts. Each seminar is accompanied by briefing materials that summarize state-of-the-art research on the topic and implications for policy.

Rather than lobbying for particular policies, the seminars provide objective information on a range of policy options. They are unique in providing a neutral setting for policymakers to discuss policy alternatives and seek common ground.

Because families are the central element in most people's lives, the seminars encourage state policymakers to examine the impact of policies on families just as they routinely consider environmental or economic impacts.

The Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars

The Institute, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension, provides objective, nonpartisan, solution-based research on current family issues. The Institute facilitates a network of collaborators who are conducting Family Impact Seminars in 18 sites: Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Nebraska Family Impact Seminars are provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center on Children, Families, and the Law with support from Woods Charitable Fund.

Center on Children, Families and the Law
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
121 South 13th Street, Suite 302
Lincoln, NE 68588-0227
phone: (402) 472-3479
fax: (402) 472-8412

Brian L. Wilcox, Ph.D., Director
(402) 472-3479 or

Vicky Weisz, Ph.D., Research Professor
(402) 472-9814 or

Chris Wiklund, Office Supervisor
(402) 472-9330 or

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