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 2019 Workshop

Collaborating Across Lines to Build Up Lives

New Orleans, LA
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

July 28-31, 2019

2019 Workshop Program with Presentation Links | Photo Gallery










2019 Sponsors





























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.

2018 Virtual Workshop 2014 Annual Workshop, Providence, RI
Workshop Program and Presentations
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
  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 Fagundes (Sept 2019)
(952) 361-1713
President Carver County Heath and Human Services
Government Center/600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Tony Ong (Sept 2019)
(617) 426-2026
Vice President Public Consulting Group
148 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Edith Kealey (Sept 2021)
(929) 221-7348
Treasurer New York City Department of Social Services
150 Greenwich Street, 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Kerry Glova (Sept 2020)
(571) 814-4921
Registrar Catholic Charities USA
2050 Ballinger Avenue, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314

Vacant Secretary  
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, Virtual Event Committee MEF Associates
615 2nd Avenue, Suite 535
Seattle, WA 98104
Vacant Co-Chair, Virtual Event Committee  
Angela Rachidi (Sept 2019)
(312) 994-1006
Program Committee Co-Chair Mathematica Policy Research
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543
Vacant Program Committee Co-Chair  
Mary Roberto (Sept 2019)
(303) 881-3257
Co-Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Manhattan Strategy Group
4340 East-West Highway, Suite 1100
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
Vacant Co-Chair, Marketing and Volunteer Committee  
Vacant Co-Chair, Marketing and Volunteer Committee  
Vacant Technology Lead  
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
Kristen Joyce (Sept 2020)
(617) 715-6963
Ex officio Mathematica Policy Research
955 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 801
Cambridge, MA 02139
Letitia Logan Passarella (Sept 2021)
(410) 706-2479
Ex officio University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Nancy Aguirre (Sept 2019)
(951) 358-7248
Member at Large County of Riverside, Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Children’s Services Division – Program Evaluation Unit
10281 Kidd Street, 2nd Floor
Riverside, CA 92503
Sarah Leopold (Sept 2019)
(720) 663-7430
Member at Large Center for Work Education and Employment
1175 Osage Street
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80204
Shane Riddle (Sept 2020)
(360) 725-4352
Member at Large Washington Department of Social and Health Services
1115 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Larry Timmerman (Sept 2019)
(651) 266-4777
Member at Large Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
2266 Second Street North
St. Paul, MN 55109
Vacant Member at Large  
Vacant Member at Large  

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, check out information on NAWRS 2019 sponsorship


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.









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