NAWRS 2017 Call for Proposals

Moving Forward to Reduce Poverty, Increase Opportunity, and Improve Human Service Delivery

Program Chairs:
Kristen Joyce, Mathematica Policy Research
Tony Ong, Public Consulting Group
March 1, 2017
Workshop Date:
July 30 – August 2, 2017
William Penn Omni Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


When public systems reduce poverty, increase opportunity, and support the well-being of America’s families, people are better able to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities. The human services field has made great efforts to achieve these important societal goals, but progress has been slow and difficult. The causes of poverty are numerous, and families are diverse in both their structure and their individual needs. Moreover, advances in technology and changes in our social and political context are challenging the viability of existing programs and services.
Effectively addressing these challenges requires us to think creatively about how programs and agencies serving families can best work together, try out new strategies, and harness advancements in technology and science to improve human service delivery. Our vision for the 2017 NAWRS workshop is to highlight state and local government innovations that advance progress toward these three goals. In particular, we seek promising approaches that reach across programs, agencies, levels of government, and the public and private sectors.
The 2017 NAWRS Workshop will bring together people, research, and ideas around state and local government innovations to improve service delivery, research, and policy as we look toward the future.

Questions about the 2017 NAWRS Program, the Call for Proposals, or the 2017 Annual Workshop should be directed to

Theresa Anderson