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New data on youth transitioning out of foster care

Individual Author: 
Heath, Catherine
Harty, Justin
Pergamit, Mike
White, Tammy

The transition to adulthood for youth aging out of foster care can be different from the transition experienced by many of their peers. This panel presented new data analysis using studies from the Chafee Phase II demonstration and the National Youth in Transition Database. These analyses identified predictors and determinants of a successful transition and evaluate programs designed to improve outcomes for this population. Catherine Heath (Administration for Children and Families) moderated the session. (author introduction)

Integrated approaches to supporting child development and improving family economic security

Individual Author: 
Yoder, Duane
Wulff, Carli
Baumgartner, Scott
Sims, Marjorie
Westbrook, T'Pring

The purpose of this breakout session was to bring together practitioners, funders, and policymakers to discuss ongoing efforts and future opportunities for research and evaluation of two-generation programs. Duane Yoder (Garrett County Community Action) served as a discussant and Carli Wulff (Administration for Children and Families) moderated this session. (Author introduction)

Implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Individual Author: 
Hart, Nick
Abraham, Katharine G.
Goldstein, Naomi
Haskins, Ron

This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). In 2016, the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking was charged by the President and Congress to develop a strategy for improving the government’s use of data to build evidence and support policymaking.

You shall not pass: The use of evaluation tollgates in building evidence for social programs

Individual Author: 
Woolverton, Maria
Bradley, M.C.
Gabel, George
Melz, Heidi

This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). Too often, programs are prematurely evaluated without a planning phase to build a program’s evaluation capacity. However, there is growing consensus that prior to summative evaluation programs should undergo an intermediate step, referred to as “evaluation tollgates,” to determine whether programs are well-implemented and truly ready for rigorous evaluation.

More than a nudge: Engaging TANF recipients in welfare-to-work programs

Individual Author: 
Kabak, Victoria
Baird, Peter
Farrell, Mary
Sutcliffe, Sophia

Building on the first major effort to bring a behavioral science lens to programs serving poor families in the United States, the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency – Next Generation project is testing interventions to increase TANF recipients’ engagement in three sites: Los Angeles County, Monroe County (NY), and Washington State. Moderated by Victoria Kabak (Administration for Children and Families), this presentation will share the diagnostic design model and introduce the interventions. (Author introduction)

Forging a path: Final impacts and costs of New York City’s Young Adult Internship Program

Individual Author: 
Cummings, Danielle
Farrell, Mary
Skemer, Melanie

This report presents 30-month impact results from a random assignment evaluation of the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP), a subsidized employment program for young people in New York City who have become disconnected from school and work. Operated by various provider agencies, YAIP offers disconnected young people between the ages of 16 and 24 a temporary paid internship, as well as various support services.

Experiences of parents and children living in poverty: A review of the qualitative literature

Individual Author: 
Quint, Janet
Griffin, Katherine M.
Kaufman, Jennie
Landers, Patrick
Utterback, Annie

One in five American children — 14.5 million — live in poverty, with even higher proportions among groups such as black and Hispanic children and those in rural areas. While the scholarly literature on families experiencing poverty is sizable, relatively little attention has been paid to how children describe what it is like to be poor, their thoughts and feelings about their economic status, and the roles that they see benefit programs playing in their lives.

Measuring employment outcomes in TANF

Individual Author: 
Hahn, Heather
Derrick-Mills, Teresa
Spaulding, Shayne

The Administration and Congress have signaled interest in promoting and measuring employment outcomes in federal programs supporting low-income people. This report offers information and insights to help policymakers and stakeholders understand the challenges of and opportunities for measuring employment outcomes in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Parents and Children Together: Evaluating responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs

Individual Author: 
Avellar, Sarah
Moore, Quinn
Patnaik, Ankita
Covington, Reginald
Wu, April

Presented at the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency, these slides summarize impact findings from Mathematica’s evaluation of six Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs. Released under the Parents and Children Together project, this work is part of a growing body of evidence designed to better understand what works in creating healthier families. (Author abstract)

State TANF policies - A graphical overview of state TANF policies as of July 2016

Individual Author: 
Thompson, Megan
Minton, Sarah
Heffernan, Christine
Giannarelli, Linda

This brief is a companion to the 2016 Welfare Rules Databook and provides a graphical overview of selected state policy differences for TANF cash assistance. The policies are taken from the Welfare Rules Database (WRD), a database maintained by the Urban Institute and funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Child and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services.