Skyline Research Institute (SRI)

Our Vision and Philosophy

We believe there is power in our unique concept of family literacy: viewing problems and solutions through a family lens. What would improved family literacy look like in every sector? What would it look like in your field of work? In your nation?

The challenges families are facing here in the 21st century are immense and require fresh thinking and creative collaboration across all sectors of society. Deeper understanding of the power of families is an untapped resource with remarkable generative power.

Improving public understanding about the value of families in our world will require the collective wisdom, collaboration, and resources of engaged and responsive people who are passionate about fortifying families.

We are optimistic about the future and believe there is so much good work to be done. As scholar Ryan Anderson, PhD explains:

We will do this because those who are concerned about families believe that we all have the obligation to propose the more excellent way. We will face this challenge everywhere we go. When faced with ideologies that obscure the critical role that healthy marriages and families play in society, we must be prepared to declare truth as never before and do so in a way that reaches hearts and minds like never before. And this need only intensifies in a world that is simultaneously hungry for and resistant to our message.

We hope that our innovative new framework on family literacy and our Family in Public Life initiatives will help encourage a renaissance of successful marriages and families. We invite you to join us as we seek to advance public understanding about families in service of a world all human life is valued and families flourish.

Brent Andrewsen

Brent Andrewsen is the chairman of Skyline Research Institute and the Sutherland Institute Board of Directors, an independent research and educational institution and think tank, whose mission is to advance civility, sound ideas, and principled public policy supporting faith, family and free enterprise. Brent also serves as the chairman of Skyline Research Institute and is the former chairman of the Board of Directors at Kirton McConkie. He has an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized as one of Utah’s Legal Elite for estate planning, a Mountain States Super Lawyer for estate planning and non-profits, and a Best Lawyer for trusts/estates and non-profits/charities. He was also honored by Utah Business magazine as a 40 Under 40 Rising Star. Brent earned his B.A. in political science from BYU and a J.D. cum laude from the Washington & Lee University Law School.

Carol Rice

Carol Rice is the president of Skyline Research Institute and the Director of Communications for Public Square Magazine, a joint project of the Elizabeth McCune and the John A. Widstoe Foundation. As a communication, marketing, and outreach director over the past two decades, she has provided specialized communication and messaging training for non-profits and non-governmental organizations, including at the United Nations. She has worked extensively with prestigious storytelling organizations, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, the National Storytelling Network, and the International Storytelling Center. Carol earned a BA in marriage and family relations with an emphasis in family advocacy from BYU-I, and is currently completing an MA in strategic communications from SUU.

Angela Fallentine

Angela Fallentine is the Vice-President of Skyline Research Institute and a family policy advisor and researcher within the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. She previously worked in international and government affairs in Washington, D.C. and Canada. Her current work focuses on public international law, international family policy, and family research in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Utah State University, a master’s degree from Harvard University with joint coursework from the Kennedy School of Government and the Divinity School, and post-graduate training in diplomacy and protocol from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Her graduate research at Harvard specialized in family policy and programs for refugees and internally displaced populations in humanitarian and conflict-affected settings in the Middle East.

Our vision is to encourage a renaissance of successful marriages and family life in which all human life is valued and families flourish.


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