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Session Track Key
green icon Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
light blue icon Education, Training, and Success in the Labor Market
yellow icon Child and Youth Well-Being
orange icon Fatherhood, Relationships, and Strengthening Families
purple icon Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence
purple icon Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net

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Wednesday, June 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome  Video

Regency Ballroom

 
  • Naomi Goldstein (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Mark Greenberg (Administration for Children and Families)
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session  Video
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Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency: What We Learned and What’s Next

Regency Ballroom

  • Nadine Dechausay (MDRC)
  • Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC)
  • Mary Farrell (MEF Associates)
  • Crystal Hall (University of Washington)
  • Moderator: Emily Schmitt (Administration for Children and Families)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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TANF and the Labor Market: Connecting Low-Income Workers to In-Demand Jobs

Palladian Ballroom

  • Annalisa Mastri (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Kristen Joyce (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Deborah Carroll (District of Columbia Department of Employment Services)
  • Moderator: Nicole Constance (Administration for Children and Families)
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The Next Generation of Subsidized Employment: Early Impact Results from Two Federal Demonstrations

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Cindy Redcross (MDRC)
  • Bret Barden (MDRC)
  • Lorraine Sinelkoff (Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services)
  • Jenny Taylor (Goodwill of North Georgia)
  • Moderator: Dan Bloom (MDRC)
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Evaluating Tribal Home Visiting Program Interventions: Innovations in Examining Stress Reduction

Congressional A

  • Julie Morales  (James Bell Associates)
  • Cathy Ferron  (Lake County Tribal Health Consortium Inc.)
  • Marc Bolan (Marc Bolan Consulting)
  • Julie Chomos (University of Nevada)
  • Moderator: Moushumi Beltangady (Administration for Children and Families)
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The Parents and Children Together Evaluation: Initial Findings

Congressional B

  • Heather Zaveri (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Pamela Holcomb (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Robin Dion (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Moderator: Kathleen McCoy (Administration for Children and Families/Business Strategy Consultants)
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Building Research Capacity in Human Services Agencies  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Jonathan McCay (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Jodi Sandfort (University of Minnesota)
  • Robert Goerge (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago)
  • Michelle Derr (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Moderator: Vivian Tseng (William T. Grant Foundation)
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The HHS Trauma-Informed Services Primer: Helping Human Services Agencies Provide Trauma-Informed Care to Clients

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Charlie Homer (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Maria Cancian (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Jonathan White (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Rebecca Flatow (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • Moderator: Pamala Trivedi (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Panel
 

Discussion on Careers in Research Related to Poverty, Family Self-Sufficiency, and Social Welfare

Palladian Ballroom

  • Anthony Barrows (Ideas42)
  • Candace Cadena (Colorado Department of Human Services)
  • Nicole Constance (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Mindy Scott (Child Trends)
  • Moderator: Victoria Kabak (Administration for Children and Families/Business Strategy Consultants)
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Plenary Session  Video
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Exploring Strategies for Serving Reentering Fathers

Regency Ballroom

  • Amy Solomon (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Barbara Lacina (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Ron Tijerina (The RIDGE Project, Inc.)
  • Catherine Tijerina (The RIDGE Project, Inc.)
  • Moderator: Jocelyn Fontaine (The Urban Institute)
2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Emerging Scholars Poster Session

Regency Gallery

 
  • Taylor Adams (University of Georgia)
    The Outcomes of a Sex and Relationship Education Program on Foster Youth
  • Carolyn Arcand (University of New Hampshire)
    Women in Construction and the Workforce Investment Act: Evidence from Boston and the Big Dig
  • Sara Chaganti (Brandeis University)
    Supporting Self-Sufficiency through Cross-Systems Collaboration: An Innovative Service Delivery Model for Homeless Families
  • Elissa Cohen (The Urban Institute)
    Then and Now: Cash Welfare from the AFDC Program to Today’s TANF Program
  • Mathieu Despard (University of Michigan)
    Encouraging EITC Recipients to Save at Tax Time: Findings from Refund to Savings
  • Autumn Green (Endicott College)
    Baccalaureate College and University Student Parent Programs: Program Model Variations, Student Outcomes, and Promising Practices
  • Veronica Helms (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
    Characteristics of Children Residing in HUD-Assisted Households, 2004–2012
  • Leslie Hodges (University of Missouri)
    The Mediating Effects of SNAP on Health Outcomes for Low-Income Households
  • Anupama Jacob (Azusa Pacific University)
    Measuring Poverty in America: Policy Implications of a Multi-Dimensional Measure
  • Daniel Kuehn (The Urban Institute)
    The Employment and Earnings Effects of Georgia’s Job Tax Credit
  • Rebecca Lehrman (Duke University)
    Relationship Strengthening with Building Strong Families: Propensity Score Analysis of Impact by Couples’ Economic Status
  • Rhucha Samudra (American University)
    Effect of Financial Incentives under TANF and EITC on Economic Outcomes for Low-Income Families
  • Bright Sarfo (MEF Associates)
    The DAD MAP Evaluation: Demonstrated Capacity for Conducting Rigorous Fatherhood Evaluations within Community-Based Organizations
  • Erika Smith (Brandeis University)
    The Role of Policy and Assets in the College Persistence of Youth in Foster Care
  • Alexandra Stanczyk (University of California, Berkeley)
    Paid Family Leave and the Economic Well-Being of Households with Infants and Young Children
  • Danilo Trisi (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
    The Safety Net’s Effectiveness against Poverty and Deep Poverty, 1995–2012
  • Reid Wilson (University of Michigan)
    Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Reduce Food Insecurity?
  • Drew Zachary (White House Domestic Policy Council)
    Identifying Place-Based Comparison Areas: An Evaluation Methodology for Urban Promise Zones
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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Innovative Strategies for TANF Participant Engagement

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Karla Aguirre (Utah Department of Workforce Services)
  • Laura Zeilinger (District of Columbia Department of Human Services)
  • Michelle Derr (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • LaDonna Pavetti (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
  • Moderator: Girley Wright (Administration for Children and Families)
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Identifying Themes and Gaps in Research Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults

Congressional B

  • Annalisa Mastri (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Jacob Hartog (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Sarah Wissel (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Martha Ross (The Brookings Institution)
  • Moderator: Emily Schmitt (Administration for Children and Families)
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Bringing a Two-Generation Mindset to Family Self-Sufficiency Programs

Palladian Ballroom

  • Marjorie Sims (Aspen Institute)
  • Charley Martin-Berry (The Maine Community Caring Collaborative)
  • Cristy Willer (Cook Inlet Tribal Council)
  • Moderator: Kathleen Dwyer (Administration for Children and Families)
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Stability-Instability of Low-Income Hispanics?: Findings from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Kimberly Turner (Child Trends)
  • Lisa Gennetian (New York University)
  • Elizabeth Karberg (Child Trends)
  • Michael Lopez (Abt Associates)
  • Moderator: Gina Adams (The Urban Institute)
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Linking Administrative, Census, and Survey Data to Revolutionize 21st Century Poverty and Program Measurement

Congressional A

  • Amy O’Hara (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • David Johnson (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • David Grusky (Stanford University)
  • Moderator: Maria Cancian (Administration for Children and Families)
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Paid Family Leave and the Safety Net: Understanding the Role of Work-Family Supports for Self-Sufficiency

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Alexandra Stanczyk (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Marci Ybarra (University of Chicago)
  • Taryn Morrissey (American University)
  • Moderator: Christina Yancey (U.S. Department of Labor)
5:15 p.m. Social Gathering

Omni Shoreham Marquee Bar and Lounge

Thursday, June 2 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Maria Cancian (Administration for Children and Families)
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session  Video
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Severe Deprivation: What We Know and Don’t Know about Deep Poverty in the United States

Regency Ballroom

  • Indivar Dutta-Gupta (Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality)
  • Kathryn Edin (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Kristin Seefeldt (University of Michigan)
  • Mark Greenberg (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Moderator: Margaret Simms (The Urban Institute)
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Serving Two-Parent Families in TANF

Palladian Ballroom

  • Heather Hahn (The Urban Institute)
  • Linda Giannarelli (The Urban Institute)
  • Todd Bland (California Department of Social Services)
  • Moderator: Deborah List (Administration for Children and Families)
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Understanding Participant Perspectives in Career Pathways Programs

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Kristin Seefeldt (University of Michigan)
  • Cheryl Hyde (Temple University)
  • Michael Meit (NORC at the University of Chicago)
  • Moderator: Amanda Abens (Pima Community College)
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Mixed-Status Immigrant Families and Child Well-Being

Congressional A

  • Hannah Selene Szlyk (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Heather Koball (The Urban Institute)
  • Soojin Oh Park (University of Washington)
  • Moderator: Ann Rivera (Administration for Children and Families)
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Supporting Social Services Grantees’ Self-Evaluation Efforts

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Nathan Sick (The Urban Institute)
  • Seth Chamberlain (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Jay Fagan (Temple University)
  • Moderator: Charisse Johnson (Administration for Children and Families)
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Thinking Outside the Box to Get Inside of It: Creativity in Evaluation Design

Congressional B

  • Laura Peck (Abt Associates)
  • Stephen Bell (Abt Associates)
  • Jim Manzi (Applied Predictive Technologies)
  • Moderator: Molly Irwin (U.S. Department of Labor)
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Reducing Economic Hardship: Encouraging Asset Development among Low-Income Individuals and Families  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Mark Elliot (Economic Mobility Corporation)
  • Signe-Mary McKernon (The Urban Institute)
  • Caroline Schultz (MDRC)
  • Moderator: Gretchen Lehman (Administration for Children and Families)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Symposium  Video

Regency Ballroom

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Rapid-Cycle Testing: Lessons from the Private Sector

  • Jim Manzi (Applied Predictive Technologies)
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Poor, Unemployed, and Without Cash Assistance: Characteristics, Circumstances, and Survival Strategies of Disconnected Families  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Vanessa Sacks (Child Trends)
  • Brittany McGill (Insight Policy Research)
  • Kristin Seefeldt (University of Michigan)
  • Moderator: Kim Clum (Administration for Children and Families)
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Connecting Young People to Employment: Promising New Evidence

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Michelle Manno (MDRC)
  • Susana Martinez (Latin American Youth Center)
  • Sara Edelstein (The Urban Institute)
  • Devlin Hanson (The Urban Institute)
  • Moderator: Maria Woolverton (Administration for Children and Families)

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Special Topics in Healthy Marriage-Relationship Education

Congressional A

  • Tasseli McKay (RTI International)
  • Seth Chamberlain (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Mindy Scott (Child Trends)
  • Moderator: Samantha Illangasekare (Administration for Children and Families)
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Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center: Enhancing the Use of Administrative Data

Congressional B

  • Scott Allard (University of Washington)
  • Emily Wiegand (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago)
  • Natalie Kaplan (District of Columbia Department of Human Services)
  • Moderator: Matthew Stagner (Mathematica Policy Research)
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New Directions in the Application of Behavioral Insights to Child Support Services

Palladian Ballroom

  • Asaph Glosser (MEF Associates)
  • Peter Baird (MDRC)
  • Nadine Dechausay (MDRC)
  • Moderator: Victoria Kabak (Administration for Children and Families/Business Strategy Consultants)
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Understanding the Role and Importance of Goal-Directed Skills for Self-Sufficiency

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Elizabeth Cavadel (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Philip Hong (Loyola University Chicago)
  • LaDonna Pavetti (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
  • Moderator: Tiffany McCormack (Administration for Children and Families)
2:15 p.m.

Break

2:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Family Strengthening Scholars Poster Session

West Registration Desk Foyer

 
  • Allison Dwyer Emory (Cornell University)
    Family Experiences of Incarceration in the County Jail
  • Emily J. Georgia (University of Miami)
    Effectiveness of OurRelationship.com for Underserved Couples
  • Henry Gonzalez (University of Arizona)
    Examining the Influence of Cultural Values on Pathways to Strengthen Responsible Fatherhood among Mexican-Origin Fathers
  • Ericka Lewis (Washington University in St. Louis)
    Exploring the Relationship between Positive Father Involvement and Child Well-Being over Time
  • Hannah C. Williamson (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Educational Interventions for Low-Income Unmarried Couples: Benefit or Burden?
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Facilitated Roundtables Session

Advancing Understanding of Instability and Family Well-Being

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Jennie Romich (University of Washington)
  • Matthew Stagner (Mathematica Policy Research)

Living in an Evidence-Based World: A Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Approach to Developing Effective Interventions in Child Welfare

Regency Ballroom

  • George Gabel (Westat)
  • Mark Testa (University of North Carolina)

Building the Evidence Base of Innovative Programs: Lessons from Responsible Fatherhood and Home Visiting Programs

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Megan Reid (Administration for Children and Families/National Poverty Center Fellow)
  • Laura Nerenberg (Administration for Children and Families)

Characteristics of TANF Recipients in Puerto Rico: Research, Policy, and Program Challenges

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Hector Cordero-Guzman (Baruch College of the City University of New York)

The Child SSI Program in the Changing Safety Net

Diplomat Ballroom

  • John Tambornino (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Bonnie O’Day (Mathematica Policy Research)

Data Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Sarah Pytalski (National Congress of American Indians)
  • Amber Ebarb (National Congress of American Indians)

Developing a Research Agenda Grounded in Culturally Responsive, Community-Based Research

Palladian Ballroom

  • Lyn Morland (Bank Street College of Education)
  • Colleen Vesely (George Mason University)

Dissemination: Maximizing the Research

Palladian Ballroom

  • Courtney Harrison (CLH Strategies and Solutions)
  • T’Pring Westbrook (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
  • Deric Joyner (Administration for Children and Families/Business Strategy Consultants)

How the PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills Can Inform Research and Evaluation

Congressional A

  • Heidi Silver-Pacuilla (U.S. Department of Education)
  • Emily Pawlowski (American Institutes for Research)

How to Better Design Studies for Evidence Reviews: Lessons from the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults, Home Visiting, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence Reviews

Congressional B

  • Emily Sama-Miller (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Julieta Lugo-Gil, (Mathematica Policy Research)

Poverty as Chronic Scarcity: Implications for Program and Policy Design

Regency Ballroom

  • Anthony Barrows (Ideas42)

Random Assignment Evidence on Food Assistance Policy and Its Policy Implications

Regency Ballroom

  • Jacob Klerman (Abt Associates)
  • Stephen Bell (Abt Associates)

Exploring Definition and Measurement of Refugee Integration

Regency Ballroom

  • Stephanie Acker Housman (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Kenneth Tota (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Sam Elkin (MEF Associates)

Using TANF Resources to Address Family Homelessness

Palladian Ballroom

  • Rachel Gwilliam (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Jen Saunders (National Alliance to End Homelessness)
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Plenary Session  Video
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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Federal Interagency Coordination, State Implementation, and Research Opportunities

Regency Ballroom

  • Elroy Willoughby (Arkansas Department of Workforce Services)
  • Daniel Haun (Oregon Department of Human Services)
  • Sarah Stuart (Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance)
  • Demetra Nightingale (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Moderator: Susan Golonka (Administration for Children and Families)
Friday, June 3: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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TANF Redesign: Lessons from Minnesota, Colorado, and the District of Columbia

Congressional B

  • Sook Jin Ong (University of Minnesota)
  • Candace Cadena (Colorado Department of Human Services)
  • Yumiko Aratani (Columbia University)
  • Moderator: Julie Siegel (Administration for Children and Families)
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Promising Education and Employment Strategies for Low-Income Individuals

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Robin Koralek (Abt Associates)
  • Yvette Lamb (ICF International)
  • Theresa Anderson (The Urban Institute)
  • Richard Hendra (MDRC)
  • Moderator: Amelia Popham (Administration for Children and Families)
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Re-envisioning the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF): The Essential Role Child Care Subsidy Policies Play in Low-Income Women’s Workforce Participation

Congressional A

  • Nina Chien (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Gina Adams (The Urban Institute)
  • Yoonsook Ha (Boston University)
  • Moderator: Shannon Rudisill (Administration for Children and Families)
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Engaging Fathers in Social Service Programs: Lessons Learned

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Jocelyn Fontaine (The Urban Institute)
  • Maeve Gearing (The Urban Institute)
  • Diane Paulsell (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Tasseli McKay (RTI International)
  • Moderator: Anna Solmeyer (Administration for Children and Families)
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Building Evaluation into Program Design: Lessons from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund

Palladian Ballroom

  • Eliza Kean (Abt Associates)
  • Rebecca Bennett (The SkillSource Group, Inc.)
  • Marc Bolan (Marc Bolan Consulting)
  • Moderator: Stan Koutstaal (Administration for Children and Families)
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The Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts and Special Topics on the Special Service Needs of Homeless Families  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Michelle Wood (Abt Associates)
  • Daniel Gubits (Abt Associates)
  • Sam Dastrup (Abt Associates)
  • Lauren Dunton (Abt Associates)
  • Moderator: Carli Wulff (Administration for Children and Families)
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Closing Remarks  Video

Regency Ballroom

 
  • Tiffany McCormack (Administration for Children and Families)
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session   Video
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Replication Studies of Evidence-Based Programs and Policies

Regency Ballroom

  • Matthew Klein (New York City Center for Economic Opportunity)
  • Meredith Kelsey (Abt Associates)
  • Amy Margolis (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Naomi Goldstein (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Moderator: Seth Chamberlain (Administration for Children and Families)
11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Findings from a National Experimental Study of the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs

Ambassador Ballroom

  • Kate Dunham (Social Policy Research Associates)
  • Sheena McConnell (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Richard Hobbie (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
  • Moderator: Carolyn Heinrich (Vanderbilt University)
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Youth Homelessness: Preventing Homelessness among Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Palladian Ballroom

  • Melanie Skemer (MDRC)
  • Angela Rosales (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority)
  • M.C. Bradley (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Moderator: Kirby Chow (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
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Evidence-Based Initiative Implementation: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees’ Efforts at Scale-Up and Community-Wide Programming

Congressional B

  • Heather Tevendale (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Theresa Schulte (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Rachel Shapiro (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Moderator: Caryn Blitz (Administration for Children and Families)
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But Will It Work for Me? Using Evidence Reviews to Understand External Validity

Congressional A

  • Chris Horne (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
  • Sarah Avellar (Mathematica Policy Research)
  • Jacob Klerman (Abt Associates)
  • Moderator: T’Pring Westbrook (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
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Improving the Efficiency of Delivering Work Supports for Low-Income Families: Findings from the Work Support Strategies Evaluation  Video

Regency Ballroom

  • Heather Hahn (The Urban Institute)
  • Julia Isaacs (The Urban Institute)
  • Jennifer Wagner (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
  • Moderator: Hilary Forster (Administration for Children and Families)
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Testing the Efficacy of Coaching Interventions for Improved Financial Behavior and Well-Being

Diplomat Ballroom

  • Brett Theodos (The Urban Institute)
  • J. Michael Collins (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Gen Melford (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Moderator: Erica Zielewski (Administration for Children and Families)
1:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns

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