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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 Workshop

Pittsburgh, PA
July 30 – August 2, 2017
Omni William Penn Hotel
Moving Forward to Reduce Poverty, Increase Opportunity, and Improve Human Service Delivery

Thanks to all of our presenters and attendees who made NAWRS 2017 a success!
Check back soon for more details about future NAWRS events. 

Download the presentations with the links in the
Final Workshop Program

Is your presentation missing from this document? Email it to us at NAWRSworkshop@gmail.com

Thanks to the NAWRS 2017 Workshop Sponsors

A PDF of the Call for Proposals is available for download here.

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NAWRS 2017 Call for Proposals

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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.

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 NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com or visit the Get Involved section.

Kate Probert (Sept 2019)
(651) 266-6050
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
Mary Farrell (Sept 2018)
(703) 838-2723
Ex-Officio MEF Associates
99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 305
Alexandria, VA 22314
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
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
Co-Chair, 2018 Virtual Program Committee New York City Department of Social Services
150 Greenwich Street, 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Joseph Kenner (Sept 2019)
(914) 995-3287
At Large Westchester County Department of Social Services
112 East Post Road, Room 503
White Plains, NY 10601
Karin Martinson (Sept 2018)
(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)
(202) 862-4874
At Large
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
American Enterprise Institute
1150 17th Street, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Barbara Startz (Sept 2018)
(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

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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 Kinsey Dinan at dinank@hra.nyc.gov.


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