National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics
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NAWRS is a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote
the exchange of ideas on how research and statistical
analysis can contribute to the development and
administration of effective human
services programs.

2016 Virtual Workshop

NAWRS will host its next in-person workshop in summer 2017. In the meantime, NAWRS is planning a 2016 Virtual Series to engage members and share important information related to human service programs!

The theme is “Strengthening Vulnerable Families, What States and Localities Can Do”.

Join NAWRS in June, July, and August for virtual webinars and events that explore:

  • Implementation experiences and supports for state/local government to use random control trials to test innovative strategies with Mike Fishman
  • State efforts in innovation with states and/or local government panelists who are implementing innovative strategies such as two generation programs and social impact bonds
  • The future of the safety net, now that it has been 20 years since the passage of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Check back soon for registration information and additional details about our Summer 2016 Virtual Series!

Newsroom and Events

A Tribute to Rich Larson

A Tribute to Rich Larson

The NAWRS community lost one of its strongest supporters last week with the passing of Richard Larson. An executive-level manager...

Recent Board Decisions and Plans for 2016

Recent Board Decisions and Plans for 2016

Dear NAWRS Community: Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. As the newly elected President of NAWRS,...

Resources for Members

NAWRS is a community of learning and exchange. We have provided some resources that may be of interest to our members. If you have additional resources you would like us to share, please post them in the Discussion Board or email us at


Previous Workshops

The first NAWRS workshop was in 1956 in Chicago. In all, researchers and administrators of the NAWRS community have gathered to discuss human services and poverty alleviation 55 times. Check out the program and presentations from our most recent workshops and trace the history of NAWRS from coast to coast.

2015 Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA
Workshop Program and Presentations
2012 NAWRS/NASTA Workshop, Baltimore, MD
Hosted by The Maryland Department of Human Resources
Workshop Program and Presentations
2014 Annual Workshop, Providence, RI
Workshop Program and Presentations
2011 Annual Workshop, Vail, CO
Hosted by the Colorado Department of Human Services
Workshop Program and Presentations
2013 Annual Workshop, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Public Consulting Group
Workshop Program and Presentations
2010 Annual Workshop, Los Angeles, CA 
Workshop Presentations


Join the Discussion

NAWRS is a lively community of people committed to human services. We want this to be a space to share job postings, events, and resources; discuss important issues; and engage with other members.

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NAWRS Board of Directors

NAWRS is governed by an all-volunteer, elected board. Board members make planning, administrative, and business decisions for the Organization. Members contribute to the planning and operation of each Annual Conference. They participate in planning the program, identifying workshops, and selecting speakers and presenters. To find out more about how to get involved, contact us at or visit the Get Involved section.

President Kinsey Dinan (Aug 2017)
(929) 221-7349
New York City Human Resources Administration
150 Greenwich St., 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Vice President Theresa Anderson (Oct 2017)
(202) 261-5847
The Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
 Treasurer Zohre Salehezadeh (Oct 2018)
(405) 521-4498
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
PO Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
Secretary Robin Register (Oct 2018)
(919) 527-6268
NC DHHS/Division of Social Services
2415 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Federal Liaison Emily Schmitt (Oct 2017)
(202) 401-5786
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
901 D Street, SW
7th Floor West
Washington, DC 20447

Get Involved


There are many ways to support NAWRS, which is an all-volunteer organization that relies on the time and commitment of its membership. One great way to support NAWRS’s mission of bringing together research and practice is to join a committee. The standing committees are:

  • Program Committee: Plan the program for the next NAWRS workshop
  • Marketing and Volunteer Committee: Maintain the public presence of NAWRS, engage members in Association developments and activities, reach out to potential volunteers for the Association, and connect volunteers with opportunities that align with their interests and the Association’s needs
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Work to develop a map for the future of NAWRS
  • Conference Organization Committee: Coordinate all logistics for the NAWRS workshop
  • Finance and Budget Committee: Strengthen NAWRS’ financial position through better practices for oversight and decision-making (Board members only)

Once you have some experience with NAWRS committees, you might consider running for a position on the Board. This ‘working Board’ manages the association and its activities. Members participate in monthly conference call meetings and attend annual or bi-annual in-person workshops. The benefits of being a Board member include close and direct contact with other research and evaluation professionals across the country and the ability to ensure representation of your state or organization in the planning of the NAWRS workshop. There are few monetary costs associated with Board membership beyond workshop attendance.

Are you interested? Reach out to and let us know a little about yourself and your interests! Thank you for supporting the NAWRS family.


Sponsoring organization are valuable supporters of NAWRS’s mission. Sponsors include research organizations, consulting and contracting firms, and other organization that want to get their name out there as steadfast supporters of the exchange of ideas and best practices in human services. You can view some of our most recent sponsors below. Sponsors are featured in the NAWRS workshop program and other marketing materials, receive space and support for tabling, are verbally acknowledged to workshop attendees by the NAWRS president, and are honored on the NAWRS website year-round. If you might be interested in sponsorship, contact NAWRS Present Kinsey Dinan at


NAWRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association. The organization does not have an endowment and operates based on revenue from sponsors and workshop registration revenue. Donations support general Association operations and are tax deductible.

2015 Sponsors