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.

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NAWRS 2017 is Coming!

Mark your calendar! NAWRS will host its next in-person workshop at the

William Penn Omni Hotel in Pittsburgh

July 30 – August 2, 2017


Newsroom and Events

In Memory: Michael Bono

In Memory: Michael Bono

We are saddened to share some difficult news with the NAWRS community. Michael Bono, cherished member of NAWRS, passed away on...

Onward to Pittsburgh!

Onward to Pittsburgh!

Mark your calendar! NAWRS 2017 is coming.William Penn Omni Hotel July 30-August 2, 2017  We will share a call for presentations and more...

NAWRS 2017 in Pittsburgh!

NAWRS 2017 in Pittsburgh!

We are excited to announce that Pittsburgh has been chosen as the location for the 2017 NAWRS Workshop!Tentative dates are...

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 email us at

Research Academy

Since 2012, NAWRS has included a Research Academy designed to build the capacity of the state and local human service research community in its annual conference.  The Academy brings state and local administrators and researchers together with research and evaluation experts to discuss how to incorporate rigorous research methods, including random assignment experiments, into ongoing state and local efforts to improve and document the effectiveness of their programs.  The Research Academy typically includes sessions that:

  • Present examples of the use of rigorous research methods, including random assignment experiments, to obtain information on program effectiveness 
  • Highlight opportunities to use administrative data to support lower cost evaluation efforts
  • Undertake rapid cycle evaluations to support real-time decision-making
  • Engage participants in identifying current problems/issues that could be addressed by rigorous research
  • Discuss barriers to state and local sponsorship of rigorous research and supports needed to address those barriers

See Research Academy presentations at past workshops by checking out the Previous Workshops section.

Recent Publications of Broad Interest

Public Consulting Group. September 2016. The Zika Virus: Implications for Collaboration across Human Services Agencies and State Action Plans.

Urban Institute. October 2016. Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2015.

Research and Human Service Organizations


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.

2016 Virtual Workshop
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


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 Department of Social Services
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 Nancy Aguirre (Oct 2017)
(951) 358-7248
County of Riverside
4060 County Circle Drive
Riverside, CA 92503
Secretary Robin Register (Oct 2018)
(919) 527-6268
NC DHHS/Division of Social Services
2415 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Program Committee Co-Chair Kristen Joyce  (Oct 2017)
(617) 715-6963
Mathematica Policy Research
955 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 801
Cambridge, MA 02139
Program Committee Co-Chair Tony Ong (Oct 2017)
(617) 717-1275
Public Consulting Group
148 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
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

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NAWRS is an all-volunteer organization that relies on the time and commitment of its membership. Joining a committee is one great way to support NAWRS’s mission of bringing together research and practice. 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 no 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 registrations. Donations support general Association operations and are tax deductible.

2015 Sponsors

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