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Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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SSRC-DID-0001994

Proven strategies to accelerate educational attainment and/or labor market success

Individual Author: 
Holzer, Harry
Popham, Amelia
Elliott, Mark
Rolston, Howard
Weiss, Micheal

These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). Improving low-income students’ college completion rates is one critical means to increasing economic mobility and reducing inequality. This panel presented findings from four randomized trials demonstrating that it is possible to achieve large gains in college completion rates. The presentations also highlighted the value of combining multiple sources of high-quality data with strong research designs for causal analysis.

Promoting healthy relationships among youth through healthy marriage and relationship education

Individual Author: 
Illlangasekare, Samantha
Alamillo, Julia
Paulsell, Diane
Scott, Mindy

This video and its accompanying presenation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).While a large proportion of youth (i.e., participants ages 14 to 24) are served through federally funded healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programming, we have relatively little information about these programs and their effectiveness. To address this knowledge gap, OPRE and OFA are conducting several research projects focused on healthy marriage and relationship education for youth.

Integrated intake and case management: The power of integrated data systems

Individual Author: 
Deterding, Nicole
Moore, Kathleen
Elkin, Sam
Patton, Deleena

These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). Individuals and families in need often access services from a number of programs and providers. While the field is shifting toward a more holistic approach to service delivery, the technologies used to manage data often lags behind. This session, moderated by Kathleen Moore (Administration for Children and Families/Institute for Research on Poverty), explored the value of integrated data systems to improve service delivery and program outcomes and discuss examples of states engaged in su

Coaching in employment programs: Reflections from three practitioners

Individual Author: 
Martinez, Dan
McConnell, Sheena
Simmons, Noelle
Timmerman, Larrry

These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).This session explored goal-oriented, employment-focused coaching programs that serve low-income individuals. Facilitated  by Sheena McConnell (Mathematica Policy Research), this session opened with an explanation of the conceptual and evidence-based underpinnings of coaching, and then featured presentations from three practitioners overseeing coaching programs in San Francisco, CA; Southeast Michigan; and Ramsey County, MN. Various methodologies were used across the presentations.

Building and using evidence for workforce development programming decision-makers: New findings from the field

Individual Author: 
Zhu, Terri
Berman,David
Gasper, Joseph
Schaberg, Kelsey

These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). More information on the longer-term impacts and return on investment (ROI) of workforce strategies can help inform policymakers who must make difficult decisions with constrained resources. This panel focused on how program performance data, coupled with longer term cost and impact findings, can inform and support policymakers making difficult decisions about workforce strategies and programs.

The responsiveness of the safety net to the changing geography of poverty

Individual Author: 
Allard, Scott W.

This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). How has the spatial distribution of poverty shifted in America since 1990? How has the antipoverty safety net responded to changes in the geography of poverty? Drawing on findings from his book, Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America, Scott W.

The impact of different approaches to providing job search services to low-income job seekers

Individual Author: 
Irwin, Molly
Dinan, Kinsey
Klerman, Jacob A.
Martinson, Karin

This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).This panel considered recent developments in job search assistance programs. The first paper suggested several possible pathways for such programs and considers the available evidence for each pathway. The next two papers presented research findings and a practitioner perspective from an impact evaluation of two different approaches to providing job search to cash assistance applicants in New York City. Molly Irwin moderated the panel (U.S.

Trauma-informed approaches for programs serving fathers in re-entry: A review of the literature and environmental scan

Individual Author: 
Dion, Robin
LaFlair, Lareina
Azur, Melissa
Morzuch, Michaella
D’Angelo, Angela

Many responsible fatherhood program participants have incarceration histories (Dion et al., 2018). Evidence is growing that many men with incarceration histories have experienced trauma early in life, and that experiencing trauma may complicate their efforts to reconnect with and support their families after incarceration.

Tribal solutions: Subsidized employment programs serving American Indians and Alaska Natives

Individual Author: 
Glosser, Asaph
Ellis, Emily

People served by public assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) often have difficulty finding jobs in the competitive labor market. This report describes the ways in which eight TANF programs primarily serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families use subsidized employment. Subsidized employment programs rely on public funds to subsidize the wages that employers pay when they provide jobs to individuals who cannot find them in the competitive labor market.

Pathways for advancing careers and education: Evaluator and program leaders discuss how evaluation informed programs

Individual Author: 
Dobbs, Kim Stupica
Constance, Nicole
Abens, Amanda
Gardiner, Karen
Ruvkun, Seanna Melchior

This session provided an overview of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study and described the experiences of two Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) programs participating in the PACE evaluation. The program leaders’ experiences in PACE helped them assess what aspects of their programs worked, what needed to change, and what influenced the design of the programs for future funding. Nicole Constance (Administration for Children and Families) moderated this session, and Kim Stupica Dobbs (Administration for Children and Families) served as a discussant.