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Policy Institute for
Family Impact Seminars

UW-Madison/Extension
Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-2353
Fax: 608-265-6048
Frequently Asked Questions

What is family policy?

What is a family impact lens in policymaking?

The family impact lens in policy is a companion term that acknowledges the implicit yet often critical role family considerations play in a broad range of policies by analyzing (a) what the consequences are of any policy or program on family well-being (e.g., prison policy, social security reform), (b) how families are used as a means to accomplish other policy ends (e.g., workplace policies that promote employee productivity by providing child care for sick children), or (c) when families act as administrators of public policy by determining eligibility and distributing benefits to members (e.g., survivor benefits, eligibility for immigration, application procedures for the Earned Income Tax Credit, etc.). The family impact lens in policy or program decisions focuses on what policies or programs are enacted. The family impact lens in practice focuses on how policies or programs are implemented through family-centered supports or services.

Why do we need a family impact lens in policymaking?

What is a family impact analysis?

What are Family Impact Seminars?

What makes the Family Impact Seminars unique?

Do Family Impact Seminars work?

What do participants say about Family Impact Seminars?

When did the Seminars start?

Which states are conducting Family Impact Seminars?

What issues have been covered?

Who conducts the Seminars?

How can my organization apply to be a Family Impact Seminar state site?

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Wisconsin capitol photo courtesy of Jeff Miller, UW-Madison University Communications, 2002.