News Archive

All Aboard: Explanatory Tools to Talk About Children’s Well-Being in Jacksonville.
 (May 22, 2015)

All Aboard: Explanatory Tools to Talk About Children’s Well-Being in Jacksonville. Reports the results of experimental framing research and recommends ways of explaining “system of care” initiatives to address child mental health. Solid Tracks for Development is an Explanatory Metaphor that helps make the coordination of systems concrete and accessible for the public.

Can Framing be Funny?
 (April 13, 2015)

FrameWorks’ longtime partner, the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, has just launched a new series of short videos that use comedy to communicate serious messages about the neuroscience of addiction. These videos are informed by the results of more than five years of FrameWorks research in Alberta. The videos, as well as other information about the science of addiction and the work of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, can be found at

The Social Analysis and the Communications Analysis: Inequality and Immigration
 (April 05, 2015)

FrameWorks CEO discusses the difference between the social analysis and the communications strategy in these two case studies on inequality and immigration in our FrameBlog. 

National Academy of Sciences Explains Incarceration Trends
 (March 30, 2015)

In this new animation, produced in partnership with FrameWorks, the NAS explains findings from its recent report.

A New MessageBrief on Framing Youth Development
 (March 26, 2015)

In conjunction with the National Collaboration for Youth’s annual meeting, FrameWorks has re-examined its child-focused research and brings forward new applications to adolescents in this new tool...

Media Missing the Story on Child Maltreatment in Canada
 (March 26, 2015)

Four distinct narratives of child maltreatment are used by Canadian media, each of which is found missing critical components, inviting the public to “fill in” these gaps with dominant understandings of child maltreatment. Read the full report here. 

Expert and Public Views on Child Maltreatment
 (March 26, 2015)

The role science translation can play is highlighted, as members of the Albertan public consistently view the causes of child sexual abuse as both unknowable and irremediable. Read the full report here. 

FrameWorks on Income Inequality
 (March 25, 2015)

In The Culture of Inequality, published in the NonProfit Quarterly’s thematic issue on that topic, FrameWorks President Susan Nall Bales cautions experts and advocates to pay attention to the “pictures in people’s heads” that are likely to attach to this topic unless a more explanatory frame is developed to support new thinking.    Using arguments now in circulation, Bales draws from FrameWorks’ archive of cultural models interviews to demonstrate how current patterns in American thinking are likely to torpedo interest in systemic reforms.  The article underscores FrameWorks’ contention that all issues have two sides – the social analysis and the communications analysis – and that policy reformers ignore the latter at their own peril.  

FrameWorks on Storytelling
 (March 18, 2015)

FrameWorks’ approach to Storytelling is novel in that it combines perspectives from across the social sciences to put forward a narrative construct and set of storytelling practices that are markedly different from the “entertainment narrative.”   This article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy examines FrameWorks’ approach to storytelling for social change.   Whether it’s the new Core Story of Education or the now-in-circulation Core Story of Early Childhood, FrameWorks’ research supports a different narrative arc than the common bootstraps story and a more expansive construct than the solutions story. 

NPQ Interviews FrameWorks' CEO Susan Bales
 (February 05, 2015)

Disrupting the Dominant Frame is the topic of an interview by Nonprofit Quarterly with FrameWorks CEO Susan Bales

Gauging Aging
 (February 05, 2015)

FrameWorks initiates a new project on Aging with its first report. Gauging Aging compares the expert story on aging to the cultural models in public thinking, based on indepth interviews with ordinary Americans.  The report reveals key obstacles to the public’s ability to access and apply expert perspectives in thinking about adult aging – from fatalism to family responsibility.

FrameWorks Institute wins MacArthur Foundation Award, in recognition of its creativity and effectiveness.
 (February 05, 2015)

The Award conveys $1 million to support innovation.

Reframing K-12 Education is the subject of two new products...
 (February 04, 2015)

Reframing K-12 Education is the subject of two new products, resulting from FrameWorks’ Core Story of Education Project, a multi-funder initiative.  A Multi-Media Message Memo documents research findings on everything from assessment and after school to disparities and social emotional learning.  A Multi-Media Toolkit provides step by step guidance in how to use the research to reframe public discourse, complete with exercises.

Housing joins the list of topics on which FrameWorks is conducting new research.
 (February 03, 2015)

The FrameWorks Institute was selected by the National Center for Healthy Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide the sophisticated communications research, applications and capacity-building necessary to expand the public agenda and inform investments aimed at creating healthier homes in the U.S.