a little about...


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 2018 Virtual Workshop

NAWRS will convene virtually in 2018 with three free web-based sessions. In each of these sessions, experts will share insights and best practices for researchers and practitioners working across the spectrum of human services.

June: Communicating with Data – Visualizing Data in the Public Sector

This inaugural session of the NAWRS 2018 Virtual Workshop featured presentations from three experts on research and data visualization. NAWRS community members learned about innovative approaches to data visualization, including an overview of best practices and concrete examples of how state and municipal government agencies can use and present data in innovative ways to support program and policy goals.

Sponsored by the Urban Institute. Organized by Asaph Glosser, MEF Associates

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July: Human Centered Design for Social Programs

This second session in the NAWRS 2018 Virtual Workshop featured presentations from three federal and local government experts on human centered design (HCD). NAWRS community members had the opportunity to learn about principles of HCD and their application to social services. What is HCD and why is it important? How can government promote and foster an HCD-oriented approach? What do providers need in order to realize the promise of HCD in practice? Panelists included:

Organized by Edith Kealey, New York City Department of Social Services and sponsored by Abt Associates

View the recording (click here).

August: The Changing Nature of Work

Today, independent workers (short-term, task-based, autonomous, or part-time) make up almost 30% of the American workforce, and the numbers are projected to grow significantly by 2025. The workspace itself is evolving with new technologies, greater business outsourcing, and more flexibility. Workers, now more than ever, need new training, technology tools, and financial and business literacy skills to help them succeed in the new 21st Century labor market. Programs like entrepreneurship training and financial coaching are now proven to improve employment rates and increase wages.

This discussion covered new approaches to employment services aimed at helping jobseekers adapt to the emerging reality of the changing labor market.

Panelists included:

Moderated by:

Organized by Tony Ong, Public Consulting Group, and Sponsored by Public Consulting Group.

View the recording (click here).

September: Rethinking Welfare: Promoting Opportunity and Independence

NAWRSIRPCenter for Poverty Research, and the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers co-hosted a livestream event on poverty and opportunity.

NAWRS co-sponsored this year’s Poverty Research and Policy Forum, which focused on state implementation of federal policies for promoting work, economic stability, and intergenerational mobility. 

At this year’s forum, nationally recognized researchers presented the latest research on mechanisms for promoting employment, economic mobility, and strong social networks to increase independence and family well-being. Check out the agenda here.

View the recording (click here).









NAWRS 2019 Workshop

NAWRS 2019 In-Person Workshop
Collaborating across Lines to Build up Lives
New Orleans, LA
July 28-31, 2019
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

The call for proposals will be released early in 2019.

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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 NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com.

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.

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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.

2017 Annual Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Workshop Program and Presentations
2013 Annual Workshop, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Public Consulting Group
Workshop Program and Presentations
2016 Virtual Workshop 2012 NAWRS/NASTA Workshop, Baltimore, MD
Hosted by The Maryland Department of Human Resources
Workshop Program and Presentations
2015 Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA
Workshop Program and Presentations
2011 Annual Workshop, Vail, CO
Hosted by the Colorado Department of Human Services
Workshop Program and Presentations
2014 Annual Workshop, Providence, RI
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 NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com or visit the Get Involved section.

Kate Probert (Sept 2019)
(952) 484-0218
President Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
2266 Second Street North
St. Paul, MN 55109
Nancy Aguirre (Sept 2019)
(951) 358-7248
Vice President
Chair, Conference Organization Committee
County of Riverside
4060 County Circle Drive
Riverside, CA 92503
Sarah Leopold (Sept 2019)
(303) 866-5762
Treasurer Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Employment and Benefits
1575 Sherman Street #300
Denver, CO 80203
LaTamera Woodley (Sept 2019)
(615) 313-5564
Secretary Tennessee Department of Human Services
Citizen’s Plaza, 3rd Floor
400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Theresa Anderson (Sept 2019)
(202) 261-5847
At Large
Co-Chair, Marketing and Volunteer Committee
The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Seth Chizeck (Sept 2019)
(412) 350-5701
At Large Allegheny County Department of Human Services
One Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Kinsey Dinan (Sept 2020)
(929) 221-7349
Ex-Officio New York City Department of Social Services
150 Greenwich Street, 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Hilary Forster (Sept 2019)
(202) 619-1790 
Federal Liaison U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 
Administration for Children and Families
330 C Street, SW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201
Asaph Glosser (Sept 2021)
Co-Chair, 2018 Virtual Program Committee MEF Associates
615 2nd Avenue, Suite 535
Seattle, WA 98104
Kristen Joyce (Sept 2020)
(617) 715-6963
Ex-Officio Mathematica Policy Research
955 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 801
Cambridge, MA 02139
Edith Kealy (Sept 2021)
(929) 221-7348
Co-Chair, 2018 Virtual Program Committee New York City Department of Social Services
150 Greenwich Street, 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Letitia Logan Passarella (Sept 2021)
(410) 706-2479
Co-Chair, 2019 NAWRS Program Committee University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Karin Martinson (Sept 2021)
(301) 347-5726
Co-Chair, Marketing and Volunteer Committee Abt Associates
3504 Bradley Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Tony Ong (Sept 2019)
(617) 426-2026
At Large Public Consulting Group
148 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Angela Rachidi (Sept 2019)
(312) 994-1006
At Large
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
Mathematica Policy Research
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543
Mary Roberto (Sept 2019)
(720) 944-1161
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Denver Human Services
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
Correne Saunders (Sept 2021)
(301) 347-5657
Co-Chair, 2019 NAWRS Program Committee Abt Associates, Inc.
4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 800 North
Bethesda, MD 20814
Barbara Startz (Sept 2020)
(918) 439-2474
At Large
Chair, Finance and Budget Committee
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Oklahoma Child Support Services
2409 N. Kelley Avenue, Annex
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Larry Timmerman (Sept 2019)
(651) 266-4777
At Large Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
2266 Second Street North
St. Paul, MN 55109

Michael Bono Tribute

Michael Bono joined the NAWRS Board of Directors in 2004 and served tirelessly as President in 2010 and again in 2014 and 2015. He continued to work on NAWRS behind the scenes until cancer took him from us in 2016. We are so grateful to have known this warm, selfless, charismatic dynamo with a boundless heart for the less fortunate.

We hope you enjoy this heart-warming tribute to Michael. Friends and colleagues shared some of their favorite memories during an informal gathering to honor him at the NAWRS 2017 Workshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.















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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 NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com 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 President Kate Probert at Kate.Probert@CO.RAMSEY.MN.US


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.

2017 Sponsors









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