Two established nonpartisan policy organizations on Thursday announced their merger as a new organization, Common Good Iowa, to provide policy analysis and advocacy across a wide spectrum of issues. The new organization will continue to advance equity, opportunity and sustainability in the areas of well-being of children and families, fiscal policy to support strong public service, workplace protection and living wages, and clean air and water and sustainable energy choices. “It’s an absolutely critical time to reimagine our work,” said Anne Discher, who is now executive director of Common Good Iowa. Discher had been executive director of Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines. Mike Owen, executive director of Iowa Policy Project since 2013, will be deputy director of the new organization. All staff from both organizations will remain with Common Good Iowa, which will be based in Des Moines but will retain the Iowa City office that formerly housed IPP. The initial board of directors is drawn from both organizations’ boards, but will include new members. Initially, Common Good policy work will be published on both of the former organizations’ websites and on the Iowa Policy Points blog. Additional details will be made available in the coming weeks, the organizations said.