As part of its work to advance a common understanding of brain science research and how it can be applied to human services policy and practice, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is launching the three-year Change in Mind Learning Collaborative Model Outcome and Impact Study and currently seeking four Alliance member organizations to participate. 

Download the application and apply via email by Aug. 23.

The Alliance’s Change in Mind Institute is partnering with NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct this study, which will assess the outcomes and impacts of the Change in Mind Learning Collaborative, where peer organizations are exposed to the same neuroscience research findings and work together to explore ways to infuse brain science into their work. 

This proposed study will increase our understanding of the kinds of interventions that work to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by rigorously testing the effectiveness of five new interventions that are designed to enhance the resilience of selected populations of children, youth, and families who have been exposed to ACEs. Selected organizations will be a part of the two-year learning collaborative and work closely with the Change in Mind Institute and other national partners and experts to learn how to transform their organizational culture, policies, and practices by integrating the latest advances in brain science research.

Through this application process, four organizations will be selected to participate as "Treatment Organizations" in the study: 

  • Treatment Organizations. Participate in the Change in Mind Learning Collaborative Model to learn how to translate brain science research into practice and policies

Through separate processes, four organizations in each of two additional categories will be selected:

  • Matching Comparison Organizations. Develop their own capacity to translate brain science research into practice and policies without participating in the Change in Mind Learning Collaborative Model (selected based on chosen Treatment Organizations)
  • Alumni Organizations. Maintain their capacity and continue their efforts to translate brain science research into practice and policies after they have finished participating in a Change in Mind learning collaborative (sites from the original Change in Mind initiative)

Each organization must commit to participating in the two-year learning collaborative and the study and will receive a $50,000 grant (pending available funding) to participate in the collaborative. 

Interested Alliance members should download the application and submit it via email by Aug. 23 to be considered. Participants will be selected Aug. 30. Read the full study summary online.

This opportunity is contingent on obtaining the necessary funding to support the study.

Contact Jennifer Jones, director of the Change in Mind Institute, with questions or for more information.