The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems.
An independent nonprofit organization founded in 1999, FrameWorks has become known for its development of Strategic Frame Analysis ™, which roots communications practice in the cognitive and social sciences. FrameWorks designs, conducts, and publishes multi-method, multi-disciplinary communications research to empirically identify the most effective ways of reframing social and scientific topics. The Institute also offers strategic guidance and a variety of professional learning opportunities for advocates, scientists, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders. Through this applied communications research and knowledge translation process, FrameWorks prepares nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of specific social issues.
Funders of the Institute include: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Norlien Foundation, and Nellie Mae Education Foundation. You can see a complete list of our partners here.
FrameWorks’ research has been presented at the White House Conference on Teenagers; MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Pathways Through Middle Childhood; National Scientific Council on the Developing Child; Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families; Education Funders Strategy Group; National Academy of Science Board on Children, Youth and Families; Surgeon General's Conference on Children and Oral Health; and numerous other forums. For a complete list of our recent presentations, please see the Calendar of Events.
Current projects focus on such issues as early childhood development, including child mental health; climate and ocean change; education, including STEM learning; environmental health; criminal justice; and immigration.