Connecticut Voices for Children is a researched-based advocacy organization (aka a “think and do” tank) with the following values:
Equity: We believe inequities, especially racial and ethnic inequities, abound in Connecticut and prevent children from reaching their full potential. To address these inequities, we incorporate a deep and holistic focus on racial and ethnic equity in both our work and our workplace.
Integrity: We believe trust and credibility are built over time by delivering high-quality, authentic and transparent research and recommendations that are grounded in fact, data and analysis. We demonstrate respect for multiple viewpoints and engage stakeholders on all sides of an issue and, at the same time, take bold and courageous positions aligned with our values.
Impact: We believe we can influence policy and foster change by producing rigorous research, analysis, and fact-based recommendations, and advocating with relevant stakeholders. We establish and measure performance objectives and seek improvement if we are not achieving the impact we seek.
Community-Centered: We believe listening to multiple viewpoints is important but public policy discourse in Connecticut does not adequately include the voices of children and families impacted by public policy. We engage directly with community members and amplify their voices in our work.
Learning Mindset: We believe curiosity, innovation, and learning are central to our success, both in our issue areas and in our own skills. We prioritize collaboration and risk-taking as we learn and recognize that failure is also a learning opportunity.