Agenda at a Glance

Session Track Key
light purple icon TANF Programs, Policies, and Populations
orange icon Employment and Mobility in the Labor Market
green icon Youth Well-Being and the Transition to Adulthood
light blue icon Strengthening Families, Fatherhood, Marriages, and Relationships
yellow icon Evaluating Social Programs, Building Evidence, and Using Data
purple icon Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Expand Opportunity

Live — Session available via Live Stream

Wednesday, May 30, 2018—8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Opening Remarks and Welcome Live

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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Plenary: Reimagining the Safety Net Live

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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TANF Data Trends and Outcome Measures

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Building the Evidence on Community College–Led Training Strategies: Findings from the TAACCCT Evaluation

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New Results from Youth Employment Evaluations

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Engaging Low-Income Men in Workforce Development Programs

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Linking Administrative Data: New Data Analytics Tools and Testing Outcomes of Social Service Programs

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New Findings in the Application of Behavioral Insights to Child Support Services

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Lunch On Your Own

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


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

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

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Plenary: ACF Career Pathways Evaluation Findings: What Have We Learned and Future Directions for the Field Live

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Emerging Scholars Poster Session

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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More than a Nudge: Engaging TANF Recipients in Welfare-to-Work Programs

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ACF’s Career Pathways Portfolio: A Closer Look at Early Impact Findings & Interpretation

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Impacts of Programs to Avoid Sexual Risk and Prevent Pregnancy

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Healthy Marriage-Relationship Education Programming for Adults as Individuals: Findings from the STREAMS Process Study

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You Shall Not Pass: The Use of Evaluation Tollgates in Building Evidence for Social Programs

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Federal and State Efforts to Address the Opioid Epidemic

5:15 p.m.  

Social Gathering


Thursday, May 31, 2018 — 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.


Opening Remarks Live

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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Plenary: Implementing the Recommendations of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Live

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  


10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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The Impact of Different Approaches to Providing Job Search Services to Low-Income Job Seekers

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Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education: Evaluator and Program Leaders Discuss How Evaluation Informed Programs

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New Longitudinal Survey Data on Transitioning Out of Foster Care

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Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security

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The Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center: Addressing the Challenges of Evidence-based Policy-Making

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Child Care as a Critical Work Support: How Family Experiences, State Policies, and Local Contexts Shape Access to Child Care Assistance

11:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Symposium: The Responsiveness of the Safety Net to the Changing Geography of Poverty

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


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Coaching in Employment Programs: Reflections from Three Practitioners

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Building and Using Evidence for Workforce Development Programming Decision-Makers: New Findings from the Field

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Proven Strategies to Accelerate Educational Achievement and Labor Market Success

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Promoting Healthy Relationships among Youth through Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education

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Integrated Intake and Case Management – The Power of Integrated Data Systems

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Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  


2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  

Facilitated Roundtables Session

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  


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Plenary: Serving the Hardest to Employ: New Results from Evaluations of Subsidized Employment Programs Live


Friday, June 1, 2018 — 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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TANF: Participants, Programs, and Policy Change

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Improving Employment Services for Special Populations

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Building the Evidence Base on Programs for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

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Multi-Use Management Information Systems: Strategies for Development, Use, and Data-driven Learning

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Why Contextual Rigor is Necessary for Scientific Rigor: Examples from the Field

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Deepening our Understanding of Racial and Ethnic Differences and Disparities

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  

Final Conference Announcements Live

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. light blue icon yellow icon 

Plenary: Parents and Children Together (PACT): Findings from an Experimental Evaluation of Six Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs Live

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  


11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions


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Learn, Innovate, Improve (LI2): A new approach to using evidence for continuous program improvement

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Job Characteristics and the Well-being of Low Income Adults and Families

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Using Research to Better Understand and Close the Opportunity Gap for Low-Income Youth

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Fatherhood Program Effects on Low Income Fathers and Families

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Emerging Research from the Family Self-Sufficiency Research Consortium

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Homeless Families’ Experiences with Public Benefit Programs, Employment, and Family Transitions

1:00 p.m.  

Conference Adjourns