2015 • 1 year • Migration
The FrameWorks Institute is an independent nonprofit research organization founded in 1999 to improve the non-governmental sector’s communications capacity by identifying, translating, and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing public discourse about social problems. With this award, FrameWorks builds on its prior research on public attitudes about immigration issues by establishing a working group of immigration policy experts who are also skilled in immigration communications. The working group generates ideas and refines materials together, and then trains its peers in framing and communications. FrameWorks provides working group members with technical assistance, consulting services, and toolkits for peer-to-peer training, expanding the capacity of the immigration community as it advocates for comprehensive reform.
2014 • 4 years • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions
FrameWorks Institute combines theory and methodology from cognitive and social sciences to probe public reaction to issues, disseminating its findings and recommendations to policy makers, experts, academics, and non-profit organizations. This grant to the FrameWorks Institute will enable it to further public understanding of complex but critical social issues, such as criminal justice, budgets and taxes, immigration, digital media, and climate change. It will solidify the organization’s financial health, assist it in a transition to a new management structure, and create opportunities for income generating program activities in the future.
2014 • 1 year • Migration
This grant to the FrameWorks Institute will help immigration experts improve their ability to communicate effectively with the public about reforming the nation’s immigration policies. FrameWorks will create new narratives for leading experts and advocates, enabling them to explain more effectively the challenges posed by the nation’s current immigration policies and to offer pragmatic solutions. It will disseminate the findings of its research phase through a variety of presentations, toolkits, webinars, and intensive study groups designed to integrate these messages into debates to improve the nation’s broken immigration system.
2013 • 1 year, 4 months • Migration
The FrameWorks Institute is an independent nonprofit research organization founded in 1999 to advance the nonprofit sector’s communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing public discourse about social problems. The grant will support the FrameWorks Institute to conduct research and activities to understand what the public currently thinks about immigration, and how, at a time when policymakers and experts are discussing reform, to engage the public productively on immigration policy reform and implementation.
2013 • 2 years • Policy Research
The FrameWorks Institute is an independent research organization that enhances the non-profit sector’s communications capacity by identifying, translating, and using relevant scholarly research for framing public discourse about social problems. The Foundation has turned to FrameWorks for help and provided project support for what is called Strategic Frame Analysis in several areas. This grant provides general operating support for the organization as it undertakes communications research projects across the spectrum of contemporary issues: education, immigration, juvenile and criminal justice, climate change, mental health, budget and taxes, early childhood development, and more.
2010 • 1 year, 11 months • Digital Media & Learning
To support theme and messaging research for the emerging field of digital media and learning (over two years).
2009 • 1 year • Policy Research
To support theme and messaging research for the U.S. Fiscal Future project.