2013 NAWRS Program

(UPDATED AS OF August 4, 2013)

2013 NAWRS Program Print Version

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
11:00-4:00 NAWRS Board of Directors Meeting (open to NAWRS Board members)
Location: Huron
4:30-6:30 Workshop Registration: The registration desk will be open each day during the Workshop.
Location: State Foyer
5:30-6:30
Book Discussion
Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error on Business, Politics, and Society by Jim Manzi
Facilitators: Brendan C. Kelly, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Mike Fishman, MEF Associates
Location: Huron
6:30-9:30 Welcome Reception
Location: State Foyer
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
Sponsored by Xerox: Proven services from the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management
8:00-4:00 Registration
Exhibitors Gallery: Public Consulting Group, Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, The Urban Institute, Welfare PeerTA Network
Location: State Foyer
9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks
Location: La Salle Ballroom
9:15-10:00
Keynote Address
Commissioner Evelyn Diaz, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Location: La Salle Ballroom
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-11:30
Breakout session #1
Panel Topic Moderator Presentations
The Effect of Tax Policy on Family Well-Being
Location: State I
Angela Rachidi, New York City Human Resources Administration The State Earned Income Tax Credit and Savings Behavior
Katie Vinopal, American University
Do Single Mothers in the United States Use the Earned Income Tax Credit to Reduce Unsecured Debt?
Luke Shaefer, Xiaoquing Song, and Trina R. Williams Shanks, University of Michigan
It’s Not Like I’m Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World
Sarah Halpern-Meekin, University of Wisconsin
Implementing a Dual-Professional Model of Comprehensive Family Assessment: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons
Panel
Location: Huron
Cheryl Smithgall, Chapin Hall Larry Small, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Jill Tichenor, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Sally Mason, University of Illinois at Chicago
Changing Patterns of Benefit Receipt Emerging from the Recession
Location: Superior I
Theresa Anderson, Urban Institute The Recession – Hitting Hard Times “Through No Fault of My Own!”
Mary Beth Vogel-Ferguson and Misty McIntyre Goodsell, University of Utah
The Changing Safety Net for Low Income Parents and Their Children: Structural or Cyclical Changes in Income Support Policy?
Bradley Hardy, American University
Effects of Unemployment and Child Poverty on SSI and SNAP Child Recipiency during 2007-2009 Recession: A State- and County-Level Analysis
Gilbert Crouse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Gaining Insight into Safety Net Impact through Alternate Measures of Poverty
Location: Superior III
Michael Wiseman, The George Washington University Building Smarter State and Local Social Policy with Improved Poverty Measurement
Curtis Skinner, National Center for Children in Poverty
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Tax Policy and the Social Safety Net: Tracking the Effect of Stimulus Programs on Poverty in New York City
Christine D’Onofrio, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity
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Toward a California Poverty Measure
Matt Levin, Public Policy Institute of California
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NAWRS Research Academy Session #1
Assessing Research and Program Readiness: Exploring Evaluation Interests, Resources, and Needs
Facilitators: Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research and Kinsey Dinan, New York City Human Resources Administration
Location: LaSalle I
This interactive session has three primary goals. First, we will kick off the Research Academy process by introducing the concept and goals for the three workshop sessions. Our hope is to create an energetic, collaborative tone for the Academy that will carry through the conference and afterward. Second, we will introduce the Theory of Change/logic model exercises to help state and local program administrators and researchers think through their program approach and what indicators might be used to measure the intended change from the service/intervention. Third, we walk through an assessment of research readiness. For this exercise, we will draw upon the findings from the NAWRS Research Academy survey and develop a short tool that participants may use to assess their research needs and resources.
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:45 NAWRS Research Academy Lunchtime Presentation
Sponsored by Maximus: Helping Government Serve the People
Location: La Salle Ballroom
Jon Baron, President, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
12:45-1:00 Break
1:00-2:15
Breakout session #2
Panel Topic Moderator Presentations
Work Support Strategies: Early Lessons from State Efforts to Redesign the Delivery of Human Services
Panel
Location: State I
Lindsay Giesen, Urban Institute Lindsay Giesen, Urban Institute
Julia Isaacs, Urban Institute
Julie Kerksick, Colorado Department of Human Services
Jennifer H. Wagner, Illinois Department of Human Services
Child Care Accessibility
Location: Superior I
Barbara Startz, Oklahoma Department of Human Services Low-Income Families and the Cost of Child Care: How State Child Care Subsidy Policies Affect Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Sarah Minton and Christin Durham, Urban Institute
Informal Child Care Providers and Criminal Background Checks in Maryland: Administrative Data and the Legislative Process, A Case Study
John Spears, Towson University
Studying Early Care and Education Programs Using Administrative Records
Wladimir Zanoni, Chapin Hall
A Broader Perspective on “Work Ready”
Location: Huron
Theresa Anderson, Urban Institute Client Assessment, Work Readiness Discovery, and Service Coordination in the Human Services Context: A Real World Perspective for a Changing Environment
Damon Waters and Christina Techico, ICF International
Caprisca Randolph-Robinson, Illinois Human Capital Development
The Effects of Psychological Self-Sufficiency on Economic Self-Sufficiency Among Low-Income Jobseekers
Philip Hong, Sangmi Choi, and Whitney Key, Loyola University Chicago
Can We Improve Job Readiness Among TANF Customers through Relationship Skill-Building?
John Pugliese, County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services
Income Supports, Disability, and Employment: Connections and Trajectories
Location: Lasalle I
Robert Ek, Maryland Department of Human Resources Use of SSA Work Supports by Medicaid Buy-In Participants
Denise Hoffman, Mathematica Policy Research
Employment Incentives for SSDI Beneficiaries: Findings from the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) Stage 2 Early Assessment Report
Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research
Steve Bell, Abt Associates
Assessing the Impact of Local Economic Conditions on Benefit Receipt
Location: Superior III
Kevin Henson, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Impact of Availability of Post-recession Local Jobs for Work-eligible Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) Recipients
Ting Zhang and David Stevens, Jacob France Institute
The Responsiveness of SNAP, NSLP, and WIC to Local Economic Conditions
Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates
Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty and the American Safety Net
Scott Allard, University of Chicago
2:30-3:45
Breakout session #3
Panel Topic Moderator Presentations
Integrating Evidence into Human Services Programming
Location: State I
Swati Desai, Rockefeller Institute of Government Developing an Evidence-Informed Approach to Human Services Programming: Translating Research into Practice
Yvette Lamb, ICF International, Matthew Shepherd, ICF International
The “Stat” Model for Performance Evaluation of Safety Net Programs: Experience in New York City and Maryland
Swati Desai, Rockefeller Institute of Government
University/State Collaborations: Common Sense for Common Goals
Robert Ek, Maryland Department of Human Services
Jamie Haskell, University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Where Is the Need? Using Spatial Mapping and Geographic Analysis to Understand Poverty and Public Assistance Usage
Location: Superior I
Zana Devitto, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services GIS and Cluster Analytic Approaches for CalFresh Outreach
John Pugliese, County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services
Identifying Neighborhoods Likely to Have High Concentrations of SNAP Eligible but Not Enrolled Persons
Michael Martinez-Schiferl, Colorado Department of Human Services
Geographic Information System (GIS) Map of Trends in Persons Receiving Public Assistance in Los Angeles County by City, 2010-2012
Sophia Lee, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
Using Rigorous Performance Monitoring and Evaluation for Effective Decision-Making
Panel
Location: Huron
Janelle Clay, The City University of New York David Berman, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity
James Riccio, MDRC
Drew Allen, The City University of New York
Research on Work Readiness and Work Participation in TANF Location: Lasalle I Gayathri Sundar, San Francisco Human Services Agency Improving Coordination Between Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs
Julia Lyskawa, Mathematica Policy Research
A Study of Work Participation and Engagement
Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research
Who Meets the Work Participation Requirements? A Study of Factors Associated with Meeting Participation
John Krantz, Utah Department of Workforce Services
Education as a Work Activity for TANF Clients
Location: Superior III
Paul Lefkowitz, Public Consulting Group Relations between Participant Characteristics, Remedial and Tertiary Education, and Employment Outcomes in CalWORKs GAIN Program in Los Angeles County
Michael Bono, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
Is “Education as Work Activity” Leavings Students in Debt? New Insights and Recommendations for Reform
Kinsey Dinan, New York City Human Resources Administration
Career Pathways and Work Activities for TANF Clients
Brendan C. Kelly, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00
Plenary
ACF’s Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium: Resources and Supports for Conducting and Using High Quality Research Studies
Moderator: Angela Rachidi, New York City Human Resources Administration
Location: Lasalle Ballroom
Brendan C. Kelly, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research
Scholars Network Grantee
Data Center Grantee
5:30-7:00
Optional Evening Activity
Screening of A Place at the Table: One Nation. Underfed.
Location: La Salle I
Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides — as they have in the past — that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
8:00-4:00 Registration
Exhibitors Gallery: Public Consulting Group, Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, The Urban Institute, Welfare PeerTA Network
Location: State Foyer
9:00-9:15 Announcements
Location: La Salle Ballroom
9:15-10:15
Plenary
Innovations in Early Childhood and Human Services
Moderator: Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research
Location: La Salle Ballroom
Theresa Hawley, Director, Governor’s Office of Childhood Development, State of Illinois
Elliot Regenstein, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Policy, The Ounce of Prevention Fund
Robert Spatz, Board Chair, Illinois District 97 School Board, Oak Park, IL
10:15-10:30 AM Break
Sponsored by MDRC: Building Knowledge to Improve Social Policy
10:30-11:45
Breakout session #4
Panel Topic Moderator Presentations
Mining Administrative Data to Understand Our Programs and Clients
Location: State I
Linda S. Martin, South Carolina Department of Social Services Using Administrative Data in Analyzing Program Outcomes
Don Winstead, Don Winstead Consulting, LLC
Taking Steps to Avoid Intergenerational Welfare Use
Misty McIntyre Goodsell, University of Utah
Sisifo Taatiti, Utah Department of Workforce Services
Aid to Jobless Workers in Florida in the Face of the Great Recession: The Interaction of Unemployment Insurance and SNAP
Peter Mueser and Colleen Heflin, University of Missouri
Feeding the Hungry: Food Insecurity and Food Pantry Use
Location: Huron
Robin Register, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Understanding the Role of Family Mechanisms in Non-Resident Father Families on Child Food Insecurity
Neha Nanda, IMPAQ International, LLC
Understanding the Factors that Influence School Food Pantry Participation
Alison Jacknowitz, American University
Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes among Multigenerational Households
Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
James P. Ziliak, University of Kentucky
Child-Only Cases and Connections to Child Well-Being in TANF
Location: Superior I
Paul Lefkowitz, Public Consulting Group Variation in States’ Child-Only and Non-Parent Caretaker TANF Rules: Evidence from the Welfare Rules Database
David Kassabian, Urban Institute
Do Hispanic Child-Only Cases Differ from Other Child-Only Cases?
Lisa Nicoli, University of Maryland
Adult-Aided and Child-Only TANF Take-Up and the Promotion of Child Well-Being
Richard Speiglman, Child and Family Policy Institute of California
Workforce Development through Career Pathways and Acceleration
Location: Superior III
John Martinez, MDRC Findings from the First Year of Accelerating Opportunity, a Workforce Investment Program for Adults with Low Basic Skills
Marcela Montes, Aspen Institute
Evaluating Implementation Efforts to Support Adult Learners on Career Pathways
Janelle Clay, The City University of New York
The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG): Results from the First Two Years
Theresa Anderson, Jamie Hall, and Teresa Derrick-Mills, Urban Institute
NAWRS Research Academy Session #2
Lessons from the Field: Conducting Small-Scale Experiments to Measure Program Effectiveness
Facilitator: Mike Fishman, MEF Associates
Location: La Salle I
This workshop builds on the first session, providing concrete examples of design considerations in conducting small-scale experiments. It will also be an opportunity for fostering a peer-to-peer learning exchange. The panel includes national, state and local researchers who have conducted small-scale experiments using administrative or other readily available data. The panelists are John Pugliese from Riverside County, CA; Joan Truhler, State of Minnesota; and Mary Farrell with MEF Associates. Each researcher will briefly describe the small-scale experiment they have carried out focusing on their theory of change, their evaluation design, and lessons learned during the process. Mike Fishman will then facilitate a discussion between the panelists and the audience participants.
Presentation Slides
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-1:15 Special Topic Lunches (box lunches provided)The special topic lunches provide an opportunity for workshop attendees to network in a relaxed, unscripted environment. Lunches are organized around five special topics with well-known experts in the field available to facilitate discussions.
Reflections on NAWRS: Past, present, and future
Vince Kilduff, NAWRS Board President (2012-2013) and Michael Bono, Past NAWRS Board President (2009)
Location: Superior III
What’s fishy about ‘gutting welfare reform’? A retrospective on the 2012 waivers controversy
Michael Wiseman, Research Professor of Public Policy and Economics, The George Washington University
Location: Lasalle I
Can performance measurement support program evaluation? A discussion from the field
Swati Desai, Senior Fellow, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
Location: Superior I
Using research and analysis to support the administration of programs: A conversation with former Deputy Secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families
Don Winstead, Principal and Founder, Don Winstead Consulting, LLC
Location: Huron
The future role for research and evaluation in US safety net programs
Stephen Bell, Vice President, Social & Economic Policy, Abt Associates
Location: State I
1:15-1:30 Break
1:30-2:45
Breakout session #5
Panel Topic Moderator Presentations
The TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project (TSDTP): Final Results
Panel
Location: State I
John Martinez, MDRC Mary Farrell, MEF Associates
Brian Bayes, MDRC
Boyd Brown, Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
Understanding the Relationship between TANF, TANF Exit, and the Labor Market
Location: Huron
Barbara Startz, Oklahoma Department of Human Services Impact of South Carolina Family Independence Program on TANF Entrants during Low, Increasing and High Unemployment Times
Qiduan Liu and Cynthia Flynn, University of South Carolina
The Effectiveness of Services and Work Participation on Achieving Formal Employment for Short-Duration TANF Recipients
John Krantz, Utah Department of Workforce Services
Racial Disparities in Welfare Dependence and Financial Independence: Links to Socioeconomic Status, Local Economy, and State TANF Policies
Tyrone Cheng and Celia Lo, University of Alabama
Leveraging Technology to Improve Service Delivery
Location: Superior I
Robin Register, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Moving Toward a Client Self-Service Model: Understanding the Client Perspective
Kevin Fellner and Angela Rachidi, New York City Human Resources Administration
An Innovative Public-Private Partnership to Expand the Social Safety Net: Implementing the Michigan Benefit Access Program
Laurence Rosen, Public Policy Associates, Incorporated
Road to Human Service Eligibility Process Improvement—Lessons Learned from ACA
Richard Evans, Public Consulting Group
The New Social Assistance: TANF in the Post-Recession Period
Location: Lasalle I
Michael Bono, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services Welfare Reform, State Budgets, and the Cyclicality of Household Incomes
William Monson, Urban Institute
Wendy Rayack and Kevin Arrit, Wesleyan University
TANF Emerging from the Downturn a Weaker Safety Net
Ife Floyd, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
State of the States: Serving Welfare Recipients in a Post-Recessionary Fiscal and Political Environment
Elizabeth Laird, Mathematica Policy Research
Using Evidence to Improve Child Welfare Services and Outcomes
Location: Superior III
Kevin Henson, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Outcomes for Youth in Care due to Parental Death or Parental Incarceration
Terry Shaw, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Whether Parents Can Overcome the Problems that Lead to Abuse and Neglect of Their Children
Cheryl Smithgall, Chapin Hall
Informing Effectiveness of Differential Response Approach in Child Welfare: Findings from the Evaluation of Ohio’s Six County Alternative Response (SOAR) Project
Julie Murphy, Human Services Research Institute
2:45-3:00 PM Break
3:00-4:00
Roundtables
Presentation SlidesNew York City Social Impact Bond: A new way to finance social service programs
David Butler and Timothy Rudd, MDRC
Location: Lasalle I Presentation Slides
Presentation SlidesUsing Longitudinal Methods to Advance Evaluation Science in a Changing Social Service
Fred Wulczyn and Sara Feldman, Chapin Hall; Bridgette Lery and Tiffany Torrevillas, San Francisco Human Services Agency; Erin Dalton, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Location: State I
Presentation SlidesImproving Communication with Our Clients: What is the Meaning of Poverty and Related Messaging to Recipients of Benefits?
Lea Williams Rose and Kinsey Dinan, New York City Human Resources Administration
Location: Superior I Presentation Slides
Presentation SlidesCollaborating for System Reform: A Multidisciplinary Leadership Training Institute
Daniel Webster, University of California-Berkeley; Susan Brooks, University of California-Davis; Jennifer Haight, Chapin Hall
Location: Superior III Presentation Slides
Presentation SlidesCross –System Prevention and Intervention Program Analysis
Katie Bright and Jamie Kilpatrick, Public Consulting Group
Location: Huron Presentation Slides
6:00-6:30 Depart for Evening Event!
7:00-10:00 NAWRS-hosted dinner and conversation at the Museum of Science & Industry
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
8:00-8:45 Breakfast
8:00-11:15 Registration
Exhibitors Gallery: Public Consulting Group, Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, The Urban Institute, Welfare PeerTA Network
Location: State Foyer
8:45-9:00 Announcements
Location: La Salle Ballroom
9:00-9:30
Plenary
If Welfare Reform and Obamacare are the Book-ends, What’s on the Shelf in Between? Thoughts on the Evolution of US Social Policy Since the Mid-1990s
Location: La Salle Ballroom
John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
9:30-9:45 AM Break
9:45-11:00
Breakout session #6
Panel Topic Moderator Presentations
Modernizing Service Delivery Systems: Handling Larger Caseloads with Less
Location: State I
Angela Rachidi, New York City Human Resources Administration Straightening the Pipes: A Colorado County Human Services Department’s Journey Through Business Process Reengineering to Streamline Public Assistance Benefits Delivery
Laura Walker, Nicole Mastin, Milissa Carlson, and Mariah Henkel, Larimer County Department of Human Services
Walking a “Tight Rope”: Using Data to Seek the Right Balance: South Carolina Social Services New Regional Specialized Workload Process
Linda S. Martin and Diana M. Tester, South Carolina Department of Social Services
The Evolution of SNAP Modernization: Lessons from Five States
Scott Cody, Mathematica Policy Research
Who Receives Nutrition Assistance?
Location: Huron
Alison Jacknowitz, American University A Longitudinal Study of Low-Income Families’ Food Stamps Utilization
Tyrone Cheng and Ning Tang, University of Alabama
SNAP Caseload Composition in New York and Texas During the 2007-2009 Recession
Erik Scherpf, USDA Economic Research Service
Findings from an Employment Survey of New York City SNAP Households
Kevin Fellner, New York City Human Resources Administration
Using Innovative Methods to Improve Child Support Programs
Location: Superior I
Christin Durham, Urban Institute Improving Child Support Enforcement though Paternity Establishment – A Modeling Approach
Dong Zhang and Cheng Peng, Iowa State University
Experimental Tests of Efforts to Improve Child Support Collections in Washington State
Kathleen Moore, University of Washington
Evaluation of the $150 Child Support Pass-Through and Disregard Policy in the District of Columbia
Austin Nichols and Kye Lippold, Urban Institute
Homelessness and Housing: Implications for Short- and Long-Term Outcomes
Location: Superior III
Michael Bono, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services Housing as a Pathway: A Longitudinal Evaluation of Housing First Outcomes in Louisville, KY
Carey Addison and Andy Patterson, Family Health Centers – Phoenix Health Care for the Homeless
Stacy Deck, Spalding University
Head Start and Housing (In)stability: Examining School Readiness Outcomes of Children Experiencing Homelessness
Bailey Evans and Alyson Silkowski, Institute for Children, Poverty, and  Homelessness
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Rebecca Kleinman, Mathematica Policy Research
NAWRS Research Academy Session #3
Next Steps: Developing a Research Plan and Building Capacity
Facilitators: Matt Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research and Heather Hill, University of Chicago
Location: La Salle I
The final session will wrap up the Academy by incorporating both research skill-building content and strategic planning activities. Academy participants will learn from experts who will provide “quick tips” for conducting research studies. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm about potential evaluation ideas and the support they may need through the Academy and/or the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC). This last session will wrap up the Academy and explore the next steps for continuing the Academy peer-to-peer network, sharing ideas through Project AWESOME, and tapping into the resources available through the FSSRC.
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15
Plenary
Philanthropy and Human Services
Moderator: Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research
Location: La Salle Ballroom
Jim Lewis, Senior Program Officer, The Chicago Community Trust
Jennifer Phillips, Consultant, IdeaFuel Consulting
Whitney Smith, Program Director for Employment, The Joyce Foundation
12:15-12:30 Closing Remarks
Location: La Salle Ballroom
3:00-6:00 NAWRS Board of Directors Meeting (open to NAWRS Board members)
Location: State I
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