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Barrier Busters: Unconditional cash transfers as a strategy to promote economic self-sufficiency

Individual Author: 
Moore, Stephanie S.
Gordon, Michael
Gahan, Elise
Gowda, Julie

Neighborhood Network (NN) was launched in 2012 as a strategy to promote economic self-sufficiency among residents of a low-income neighborhood in Detroit. NN, a program convened by a nonprofit human services agency in the city, coordinates various services provided by seven nonprofit organizations and connects residents with resources that help them work toward their goals. NN Coordinators met regularly with participants to set goals, discuss progress, and connect them with appropriate resources, such as entrepreneurship training, financial literacy resources, and childcare.

Early childhood lead exposure and academic achievement: Evidence from Detroit public schools, 2008-2010

Individual Author: 
Zhang, Nanhua
Baker, Harolyn W.
Tufts, Margaret
Raymond, Randall E.
Salihu, Hamisu
Elliott, Micheal R.

Objectives We assessed the long-term effect of early childhood lead exposure on academic achievement in mathematics, science, and reading among elementary and junior high school children.

The road to school: How far students travel to school in the choice-rich cities of Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC

Individual Author: 
Blagg, Kristin
Chingos, Matthew
Corcoran, Sean P.
Cordes, Sarah A.
Cowen, Joshua
Denice, Patrick
Gross, Betheny
Lincove, Jane Arnold
Sattin-Bajaj, Carolyn
Schwartz, Amy Ellen
Valant, Jon

How to get to school is an important issue for families who want to send their children to schools outside their neighborhood and for education policymakers seeking to implement school choice policies that mitigate educational inequality. We analyze travel times between the homes and schools of nearly 190,000 students across five large US cities that offer a significant amount of educational choice:  Denver, Detroit, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC. We find: 

Informal child care in Detroit

Individual Author: 
Thomas, Jaime
Hossain, Mynti
Johnson, Cleo Jacobs
Siddiqui, Nazihah
Osuoha, Amaka
Balke, Patrick

In November 2016, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) began a year-long initiative to support child development in Detroit, Michigan. The Hope Starts Here: Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership initiative was designed to reduce vulnerabilities caused by economic and social inequity through community engagement, stakeholder collaboration, and research. As part of this initiative, WKKF partnered with Mathematica to conduct a review of the informal child care landscape in Detroit.

The Transportation Security Index: Measuring a predictor of wellbeing and program access

Individual Author: 
Gould-Werth, Alix
Murphy, Alexandra
Griffin, Jamie

This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the Transportation Security Index which is used in measuring a predictor of wellbeing and program access by assessing the individual’s level of transportation insecurity.

The financial health of Detroit residents

Individual Author: 
Elliott, Diana
Ratcliffe, Caroline
Kalish, Emma Cancian

Detroit has weathered several economic shocks over recent decades, creating a complicated landscape for the financial health of its residents and the city as a whole. The city’s economy depends upon financially healthy residents. This brief uses credit bureau data to examine Detroit residents’ financial health through credit scores, debt profiles, and delinquencies. Sixty-six percent of Detroit residents have a subprime or no credit score, only 19 percent have healthy credit, and 68 percent have delinquent debt.

Focus: HOPE. A case study of a sectoral employment development approach

Individual Author: 
Thompson, Jeffery W.
Turner-Meikeljohn, Susan
Conway, Maureen

This case study on Focus: HOPE is the fourth of six sectoral studies to provide an in-depth look at individual sectoral employment development programs and their interaction within distinct economic and industry environments. It explores HOPE, a Detroit civil rights organization with a highly developed machinist training program. Section 1 discusses its programs, historical events that led to its current structure, details of HOPE's sectoral strategies, and key relationships it has formed to achieve its objectives.

Which components of transitional jobs programs work best? Analysis of programs for former prisoners in the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration

Individual Author: 
Yahner, Jennifer
Zweig, Janine M.

The Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration (TJRD) a rigorous evaluation of the TJ model, designed to test its effectiveness compared to a standard set of job search (JS) activities for recently released prisoners (Redcross et al., 2010). More than 1,800 male former prisoners were randomly assigned to either a TJ program or JS program in each of four states, and their employment and recidivism outcomes were followed two years after random assignment.

A food desert in Detroit: Associations with food shopping and eating behaviours, dietary intakes and obesity

Individual Author: 
Budzynska, Katarzyna
West, Patricia
Savoy-Moore, Ruth T.
Lindsey, Darlene
Winter, Michael
Newby, P.K.

Objective: Currently 67% of the US population is overweight or obese and obesity is associated with several chronic medical conditions. Geographic areas where individuals lack access to healthy foods have been termed ‘food deserts’. The study aim was to examine if area of residence within Metro Detroit was associated with dietary intake, food and shopping behaviours, and BMI.

Design: Cross-sectional study. Settings: Participants were recruited in the waiting area of four primary-care clinics.