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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?

Why do we need a family impact lens in policymaking?

What is a family impact analysis?

What are Family Impact Seminars?

The Family Impact Seminars—a series of presentations, discussion sessions, and briefing reports—provide state policymakers with nonpartisan, solution-oriented research on family issues such as children’s health insurance, early childhood care and education, juvenile crime, long-term care, and welfare reform. The Family Impact Seminars were created to increase the use of research in policy decisions and to encourage policymakers to consider the family impact of policies and programs.

The Seminars target state policymakers, including legislators, legislative aides, governor’s office staff, legislative service agency staff, and agency representatives. The traditional format of the 2-hour seminars consist of two or three presentations given by a panel of premier researchers, program directors, and policy analysts. The presentations and discussion sessions that follow provide a neutral, nonpartisan setting outside the political environment for policymakers to discuss issues and seek common ground. Each Seminar is accompanied by a briefing report that summarizes high-quality research on the topic and draws implications for policy.

What makes the Family Impact Seminars unique?

Do Family Impact Seminars work?

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

If you have trouble accessing this page, require this information in an alternative format, or wish to request a reasonable accommodation because of a disability contact Jennifer Seubert at info@familyimpactseminars.org or 608-263-2353.

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