2014 NAWRS Workshop Program and Presentations


Breakout session #1

Panel Topic Presentations

Use of Financial Incentives to Encourage SSDI Beneficiaries to Work: Implementation Findings from the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)

Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research
Chris Jones, Mathematica Policy Research
Sarah Croake, Mathematica Policy Research

Finding a Job, Keeping a Job, & Getting Financial Assistance When There Is No Job


Health, Wellness, & Exercise as an Intervention for the Long-term Unemployed
Anthony Ong, Public Consulting Group

Common & Promising Industries among Employed Welfare Leavers
Lisa Nicoli, University of Maryland

Promising Workforce Development Programs and Policies for Low-Wage Workers
Burt Barnow, The George Washington University

Improving Child Support Outcomes

Welfare Recidivism in Maryland: The Importance of Child Support
Lauren A. Hall, University of Maryland

Parents’ Views on Child Support in NYC
Lea Williams Rose, NYC Human Resources Administration
Kinsey Dinan, NYC Human Resources Administration

Building Assets for Fathers & Families: Washington State
Asaph Glosser, MEF Associates

Low Income Elderly’s Health Care & Working Status

Medicaid’s Impact on Older Patients’ Long-term Care Institutionalization Upon Hospital Discharge
Yu Kang, University of Baltimore

The Role of Insurance in Providing Access to Cardiac Care in Maryland
Samuel L. Brown, University of Baltimore

Baltimore’s Post-recession Socioeconomic Environment & Local Job Access for Older Work-eligible Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients: a Locational Approach for Welfare-to-work Examination
Ting Zhang, University of Baltimore

Nudging for Better Social Service Outcomes: Behavioral Interventions to Increase Child Support Payments & Work Among Less-Skilled Singles

Nadine Dechausay, MDRC
Mary Farrell, MEF Associates
Leigh Reardon, MDRC

Data Analytics
Facilitator: Don Winstead, Winstead Consulting
Scott Cody, Mathematica Policy Research
Matt Stagner, University of Chicago

Breakout session #2

Panel Topic Presentations

Three Big Pictures: Child Deprivation; Economic Opportunities for Women; and Poverty in US vs. UK

Income & Beyond: Taking the Measure of Child Deprivation in the United States
Curtis Skinner, Columbia University

How to Improve Economic Opportunity for Women
Aparna Mathur, American Enterprise Institute

Abby McCloskey, American EnterpriseInstitute

Poverty In The US and the UK: Relative Measurement and Relative Achievement
Michael Wiseman, The George Washington University

Making the Safety Net Stronger for SSI Recipients: Understanding What Recipients Need & Helping Them Get It

Service Coordination: Connecting SSA Disability Beneficiaries to Other Supports to Promote Self-Sufficiency
Leigh Ann Newman, Public Consulting Group

The Strength of the Safety Net for Parents Who Receive Supplemental Security Income
Christina Sogar, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Improving Economic Stability & Food Security

Benefits Policies & the Cliff Effect in Ohio
Julie Maurer, The Ohio State University

The Effect of Safety Net Programs on Food Insecurity
Lucie Schmidt, Williams College

Childhood Food Insecurity:  The Mitigating Role of SNAP
Greg Mills, The Urban Institute
Tracy Vericker, The Urban Institute

NAWRS Research Academy Session #1
Low-Cost Randomized Control Trials
Facilitator: Mike Fishman, MEF Associates
Irma Perez-Johnson, Mathematica Policy Research
Erika Martin, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Asaph Glosser, MEF Associates

This session will include brief presentation on three randomized control trials (RCTs) planned or conducted using administrative data. The session will focus on planning the RCT, key research questions, data sources, & results (as available). Ample time will be provided for discussion. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of options for designing & conducting RCTs that rely on administrative data as the key data source for measuring impacts.

Breakout session #3

Panel Topic Presentations

Using Randomized Control Trials to Improve  Financial Literacy & Employment Outcomes

Do Financial Education Programs Work?  A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Financial Literacy Curriculum for Domestic Violence Survivors
Andrea Hetling, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Accelerating Connections to Employment—A Randomized Control Trial
Yvette Lamb, ICF International
Allan Porowski, ICF International
Christina Heshmatpour, ICF International
Dominic Modicamore, ICF International

The “Untreated” Problem in Social Experiments
Michael Wiseman, The George Washington University
Claire Montialoux, MDRC

Employment & Work Activities in SNAP & TANF

Estimating the Impact of Job Search Assistance on the Employment Outcomes for TANF Recipients
Rhucha Samudra, American University

Community College as a Work Activity for Cash Assistance Clients: Analysis of short- & long-term outcomes for clients in NYC
Kinsey Dinan, NYC Human Resources Administration

A New Perspective on SNAP Caseload Dynamics:  A Decade (2004-2013) of Change in the Employment Status of SNAP Recipients in Maryland
Ting Zhang, University of Baltimore

ACF’s Family Self-Sufficiency & Stability Research Consortium (FSSRC): Resources & Supports for Conducting & Using High Quality Research Studies

Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research
Jonathan McCay, Mathematica Policy Research
Carol Hafford, NORC
Gregory Fabiano, State University of New York at Buffalo

Practical Tools: Sitting On, or Near, the Data You Need But Not Knowing What They Can Tell You – How You Can Change That

Improving the Safety Net through Data Sharing
Theresa Lo, U.S. Government Accountability Office

The Answer to Improving Practice & Outcomes Lies Within Your Data
Carole Hussey, Public Consulting Group

The Data Oriented Research Service, On-Site & Affordable
John Spears, Towson University

50 Years of the War on Poverty: How to Win It
Facilitator: George Falco, New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance
A dynamic discussion among:
Ron Haskins, The Brookings Institution
Gordon Berlin, MDRC
Michael Wiseman, The George Washington University
Larry Mead, New York University


Executive Functioning
LaDonna Pavetti, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Ruthie Liberman, Crittenton Women’s Union
Kia Levey, New Haven MOMS Partnership
Jill Reynolds, Public Consulting Group

Breakout session #4

Panel Topic Presentations

Using Evidence to Inform Policy & Program Decisions: Conducting Opportunistic Experiments & Rapid-Cycle Evaluations

Jon McCay, Mathematica Policy Research
Alex Resch, Mathematica Policy Research
Lauren Akers, Mathematica Policy Research

Subsidized Employment: What Federal Research Is Telling Us About the Implementation & Effectiveness of Public Employment Programs

Erica Zielewski, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Dan Bloom, MDRC
Erika Martin, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Making Programs For Children & Teens User-Friendly & More Effective

Parental Preferences for Early Intervention Programming Examined Using Best-Worse Scaling Methodology
Gregory Fabiano, State University of New York at Buffalo

Teen ACTION  Qualitative Evaluation
Allison Stolte, The Urban Institute

Alan Dodkowitz, The Urban Institute

Doubling Up Among Low-Income Families Before & During the Recession
Kate Bachtell, NORC
Catherine Haggerty, NORC
Arthur Kennickell, Federal Reserve Board

Lunch Plenary
Putting the Pieces Together Better: Making the Safety Net More Effective at Reducing Poverty
Linda Giannarelli, The Urban Institute
Chris Wimer, Columbia University

Breakout session #5

Panel Topic Presentations

Understanding the Supply of Child Care & Ensuring Its Availability to Low-Income Families

Informal Child Care Providers in the Subsidy System: A Longitudinal View toward the Future
John Spears, Towson University
Tranae Hardy, Towson University

Insights into Child Care Providers Decisions to Accept Subsidies:  A Preliminary Analysis of Provider Recruitment Strategies & Participation Rates in Massachusetts
Kate Giapponi, Brandeis University
Pam Joshi, Brandeis University
Jennifer Louis, Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care
Yoonsook Ha, Boston University
Erin Hardy, Brandeis University

Confronting the Child Care Eligibility Maze: Simplifying & Aligning with Other Work Supports
Christine Johnson-Staub, Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP)

Improving Child Welfare: Recent Evidence on Multi-system Involvement & the Impacts of Housing & Behavioral Problems on Child Outcomes

Using Linked Administrative Data to Examine Involvement in Child Serving Systems
Terry Shaw, University of Maryland Baltimore
David Ayer, Maryland Department of Human Resources
Jill Farrell, University of Maryland Baltimore

Predicting Reentry into Foster Care for Children Who Reunified
Terry Shaw, University of Maryland Baltimore
David Ayer, Maryland Department of Human Resources
Linda Carter, Maryland Department of Human Resources

Impact of Family Unification Vouchers on Child Welfare Outcomes
Devlin Hanson, The Urban Institute

Building Relationships; Building Self-Sufficiency

Relationship Education as a Strategy to Help Families Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency
Robyn Cenizal, The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage & Families
Laura Arnold, University of Georgia

Shifting Perspectives: Improving Child Welfare & Outcomes using Coaching Principles
Heather Gann, Public Consulting Group

A Community-Based Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood Workforce Strategy
Matthew Shepherd, ICF International
Penny Tinsman, ICF International

NAWRS Research Academy Session #2
Practical Tips for Conducting High-Quality Implementation Studies

Facilitators: Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research;
Heather Hahn, The Urban Institute

The goal of the Practical Tips for Conducting High-Quality Implementation Studies Workshop is to build the capacity of state and local researchers and practitioners to produce and use qualitative implementation studies to evaluate and inform service delivery. During the workshop, participants will learn practical and relevant tips for: (1) creating a strong research design; (2) developing responsive, systematic, and user-friendly data collection instruments and procedures; (3) organizing and analyzing data; (4) summarizing research findings into clear, accessible documents; and (5) using research findings to initiate program change.

Breakout session #6

Panel Topic Presentations

Making Child Care Work for Low Income Mothers Who Must Work

Child Care & Workforce Development: Bridging the Gap
Shayne Spaulding, The Urban Institute
Teresa Derrick-Mills, The Urban Institute

How Participation in Other Safety Net Programs Affects Receipt of Child Care Subsidies
Sarah Minton, The Urban Institute
Christin Durham, The Urban Institute

Effects of Child Care Costs & Child Care Subsidies on Single Mothers’ Employment
Haksoon Ahn, University of Maryland

The TANF Program: Who Gets Assistance, Who Doesn’t, & the Effects on Single Mothers & Their Children

Implications of Dependent Children’s Age on TANF Eligibility and Work Requirements: Evidence from the Welfare Rules Database
Erika Huber, The Urban Institute
David Kassabian, The Urban Institute

Impact of 1996 PRWORA & TANF on the Wellbeing of Low-Income Americans in the 21st Century
Luke Patterson, IMPAQ International, LLC

Understanding the Dynamics of Disconnection from Employment & Assistance
Emily Schmitt, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Supporting Low-Skilled Adults in College & Career Programs: A Story of Supports & Partnerships

Theresa Anderson, The Urban Institute
Lisa Soricone, Jobs for the Future
Randall Wilson, Jobs for the Future
Rachel Pleasants McDonnell, Jobs for the Future

Ensuring that SNAP-Eligible Americans Have Access to SNAP:  Better Data, Better Outreach, & Better Policies

SNAP Receipt among the Non-Poor: Issues of Measurement in Household Survey Data
Erik Scherpf, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Constance Newman, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mark Prell, U.S. Department of Agriculture

SNAP Outreach within Food Banks: A View from the Ground
Shana Alford, Feeding America
Colleen Heflin, University of Missouri
Elaine Waxman, Feeding America

Can the economy explain the explosion in the SNAP caseload? An assessment of the local-level approach
Caroline Danielson, Public Policy Institute of California 
Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates

SNAP Employment & Training
Robert Ek, Maryland Department of Human Resources
Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Center for Law & Social Policy
Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates


Human Services & the Affordable Care Act: Improving Program Integration, Efficiency, & Integrity (the Experience of Work Support Strategies States)
Facilitator: Julia Isaacs, Urban Institute Richard Evans, Public Consulting Group
Erin Henderlight, Public Consulting Group
Deborah Buffi, Rhode Island Department of Human Services
Michael Katz, Urban Institute

Breakout session #7

Panel Topic Presentations

Preventing Poverty & Child Maltreatment: Getting Parents & Children the Services They Need (Two-Generation Approaches)

Child Welfare Agencies’ Service Gaps & Strategies for Using Federal Funds to Preserve & Reunite Families
Lauren Gilbertson, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Ellen Phelps Ranen, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Elizabeth Morrison, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Shaping a Two-Generational Approach For Reducing Poverty: Identifying & Addressing the Missing Pieces
Mary Beth Vogel-Ferguson, University of Utah
Rebekah Schwab, University of Utah

Using Public and Subsidized Housing as a Platform for Two-Generation Strategies
Molly Scott, The Urban Institute

Moving to Work: Job Search Assistance Strategies for TANF Recipients & Other Low-Income Individuals

Developing Evidence on “What Works” in Moving TANF Recipients to Work through Job Search
Karin Martinson, Abt Associates

Recent Trends & Innovative Job Search Strategies for Disadvantaged Populations Developing Evidence on “What Works” in Moving TANF Recipients to Work through Job Search
Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research

Learning How DOL’s
REA Program Lowers
UI Durations
Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates

Doing a Better Job of Educating & Helping Homeless Children & Adults

Education of Homeless Children & Youth
Kathryn Larin, Government Accountability Office

Does a Program That Focuses on Interagency Collaboration Help Homeless Single Men Be Independent? An Evaluation of NYC’s REMA Pilot
Swati Desai, Rockefeller Institute of Government
Andrew Silverstein, City University of New York
Zhifen Cheng, NYC Department of Homeless Services

Homeless Program in Los Angeles
Michael Bono, Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services

Practical Tools: Getting the Information You Need to Help Economically Needy Families

Making Connections between Research, Policy & Practice: The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) in Action
Jeanette Hercik, ICF International

Using Power Pivot for Performance Monitoring, Work Supports, & Multi-Source Data Analysis
Rob Morrell, Buncombe County Health & Human Services

ACF’s New Systematic Review of Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults: Providing Evidence on what Works for Improving Outcomes
Andrew Clarkwest, Mathematica Policy Research

NAWRS Research Academy Session #3
Facilitators: Kinsey Dinan, NYC Human Resources Administration; Karen Bogen, Mathematica Policy Research This interactive session will explore key questions regarding survey design, sampling, survey administration, & analysis. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of rigorous survey methods & of the important role surveys can play in research & evaluation.

Closing Plenary
The Future of Public Assistance
Facilitator: Michael Bono, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services & NAWRS president
Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute
Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Center for Law & Social Policy
Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children & Families, Administration for Children & Families