This report assesses the effectiveness of Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind initiative at both site and cohort levels. It also discusses implications of findings and recommendations for the future of Change in Mind.
Through the Alliance’s Change in Mind initiative, a cohort of 15 U.S. and Canadian organizations demonstrated the impact of intentionally infusing brain science research findings into their programs and organizations. The cohort also has identified new insights into the longer-term opportunities and challenge of facilitating and accelerating change at the systems and policy levels. The initiative, which was conducted in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Palix Foundation’s Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, found that social sector organizations of all types and sizes can contribute to systems and policy change. Another breakthrough finding was that rather than treating Change in Mind projects as stand-alone activities most sites viewed Change in Mind as a “game changer” and embedded brain science principles throughout their organizations.