Detailed Agenda  |  Wednesday, May 29

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The conference is organized into six tracks. The sessions corresponding to each of the six tracks are noted in the agenda by the icons in the key below.

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
blue icon Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net

Live — Session available via Live Stream

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
7:30 a.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks  Live

Naomi Goldstein (Administration for Children and Families)

George H. Sheldon (Administration for Children and Families)

9:15 a.m. Plenary Session
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Innovations in State TANF Programs  Live

LaDonna Pavetti (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) will moderate and serve as a discussant on this panel about States’ strategies to plan and implement innovations to their TANF programs. Panelists include:

  • Deborah Carroll (District of Columbia Department of Human Services)
  • Linda Martin (South Carolina Department of Social Services)
  • Deborah Schlick (Minnesota Department of Human Services)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Career Pathways Evaluation Design  Live

This session will focus on innovative approaches to and the challenges of evaluating career pathways programs, which combine skills training, supports and employment connections to help low-income, low-skilled adults improve their educational and employment outcomes. Brendan Kelly (Administration for Children and Families) will moderate the session.

  • Alan Werner (Abt Associates) will describe how administrative data, surveys and other methods are being used in the National Implementation Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG).
  • Laura Peck (Abt Associates) will discuss the HPOG Impact Study’s innovative experimental design, which uses natural and random variation of program features to assess impacts.  
  • Howard Rolston (Abt Associates) will provide an overview of the Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency evaluation design, including programs in the evaluation and design challenges.
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Implications of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Coordinating Health and Human Services Programs

Implementation of the ACA presents an opportunity to streamline and integrate insurance affordability and human services programs. Alana Landey (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) will moderate this session, which will explore opportunities for coordination and outreach.

  • Stan Dorn (The Urban Institute) will discuss how health programs under ACA can help human services programs more efficiently determine eligibility and how human services programs can help uninsured consumers enroll in insurance affordability programs.
  • Anita Light (American Public Human Services Association) will describe APHSA’s Pathways initiative and National Workgroup on Integration, both of which seek to transform health and human services administration and delivery.
  • Rochelle Rollins (Administration for Children and Families)


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Policies to Improve Child Support Outcomes

Improving the reliability of child support payments, particularly for low- and moderate-income families, continues to be a focus at ACF. Jennifer Burnszynski (Administration for Children and Families) will moderate this discussion on evaluations of innovative programs and policies to improve child support outcomes. 

  • Asaph Glosser (MEF Associates) will present on new, small-scale rigorous evaluations of child support collections strategies in Washington State.
  • Jane Venohr (Center for Policy Research) will present findings from a review of five debt compromise programs and their payment outcomes.
  • Mary Marczak (University of Minnesota) will present on the Co-Parent Court Evaluation, an evaluation of an innovative program in Minnesota.


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Strategies to Support Disconnected and At-Risk Youth

How best to serve disconnected and at-risk youth continues to be a focus of many Federal, State and local organizations. Stefanie Schmidt (U.S. Department of Labor) will moderate a discussion on ways to serve this vulnerable population using findings from new research.

  • Robin Dion (Mathematica Policy Research) will present on ACF’s Youth Development Demonstration project, which developed a conceptual framework for moving at-risk youth to a self-sufficient adulthood.
  • Brett Theodos (The Urban Institute) will describe findings from a rigorous evaluation of the Latin American Youth Center’s Promotores program, which pairs high-risk adolescents with Promotores who serve as case managers and mentors.
  • Arif Mamun (Mathematica Policy Research) will discuss findings from an experimental study of the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration, a large-scale demonstration of approaches to aid young people with disabilities in becoming more self-sufficient and less reliant on disability benefits.


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OPRE-Sponsored Tribal Projects: An Overview, Evaluation Methodologies and Preliminary Findings

ACF provides oversight and funding to multiple programs that offer opportunities and support to American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. This panel, moderated by Anne Bergan (Administration for Children and Families), will discuss four ongoing studies.

  • Heather Hahn (The Urban Institute) will discuss the Descriptive Study of Tribal TANF Programs, which documents the diverse approaches to tribal TANF programs and examines how Tribes implement TANF and coordinate with other programs.
  • Cynthia Helba (Westat) will describe the Understanding Urban Indians’ Interactions with ACF Programs and Services study, which aims to improve understanding of how low-income American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas interact with ACF services and programs.
  • Pirkko Ahonen (James Bell Associates) will discuss the Study of Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect Grants, which is documenting the models, processes and outcomes of the grantees’ service coordination projects.
  • Michael Meit (NORC at the University of Chicago) will offer an overview of the Evaluation of the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG), which includes a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of the five tribal HPOG grantees.
12:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
1:45 p.m.

Keynote Address  Live

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Jack P. Shonkoff (Harvard Center on the Developing Child)

Advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics and the behavioral and social sciences can help launch a new era of early childhood policy and practice that is driven by knowledge, guided by experience, fueled by innovation and committed to breakthrough impacts. This keynote by Jack P. Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, will show how improved understanding of the long-term consequences of early adversity and the critical role of responsive relationships in shaping healthy development can catalyze new strategies to produce substantially greater outcomes in educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship and both physical and mental health.
2:45 p.m. Emerging Scholars Poster Session

Please join us for this session, which will be an opportunity to mingle with fellow conference attendees, as well as view posters summarizing work by emerging scholars–researchers and scholars early in their careers–who were selected to participate in the conference. Emerging scholars will be on hand to answer questions about their work.

  • Sarah Bruch (University of Iowa)
    How Safe are the Safety Nets?: An Examination of Change, Variation and Impact 1994-2010
  • Brielle Bryan (Harvard University)
    The Relationship between Childhood TANF Cash Assistance Receipt and Young Adult Expectations
  • Elizabeth Crowe (American University)
    Do Low-Income, Single Mothers Access Other Forms of Aid: Community, Kinship and Other Government Aid
  • Louis Donnelly (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
    Head Start Participation and Nonresident Father Involvement
  • Ed Gerrish (Indiana University)
    What Impact Did Child Support Performance Incentives have on State OCSE Performance and Child Welfare?
  • Alix Gould-Werth (University of Michigan)
    Better Together? Changes in the Dynamics of Joint Participation in SNAP and UI Following the Great Recession
  • Jorgen Harris (MDRC)
    Determining the Contribution of Supplemental Activities to Impacts in the Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation
  • Maggie R. Jones (U.S. Census Bureau)
    Changes in EITC Eligibility and Participation, 2005-2009
  • Jiyoon Kim (University of Michigan)
    Are Household Food Expenditures Responsive to Entry onto SNAP?
  • Melissa Kull (Boston College)
    Housing Costs as Investments and Sources of Stress: Associations with Child Functioning in Low-Income Families
  • Joellen Lewsader (Purdue University)
    License-Exempt, Church-Sponsored Child Care: Associations between Regulatory Level and Child Care Quality
  • Yiran Li (Virginia Tech)
    Timing Is Everything: Household Food Insecurity Before, During and After Food Stamp Participation
  • Richard Rodems (University of Michigan)
    Navigating the Safety Net: Public Programs, Non-Profits and Informal Support in the Great Recession
  • Aleta Sprague (New America Foundation)
    State Asset Limit Reforms and the Implications for Federal Policy
  • Rebecca Swartz (University of Illinois)
    Sustaining Family Child Care Providers' Psychosocial Wellness
  • Kimberly Turner (Cornell University)
    The Private Safety Nets of Unmarried Fathers
  • Amanda Ward (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Jail Reentry, Social Networks and Aid: Practitioner Perspectives on Working with Female Offenders
3:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Strengthening the Healthcare Workforce: Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) University Research and Program Partnerships

The University Partnership Research Grantees each partner with an HPOG grantee to conduct research to inform and improve program performance and add to the knowledge base on health care career pathways for low-income individuals. This session, moderated by Hilary Forster (Administration for Children and Families), will focus on the unique nature of these research/program partnerships, noting successes, challenges and lessons learned.

  • Janet Boguslaw (Brandeis University) will discuss her study’s partnership with the New Hampshire Health Profession Opportunity Project to identify and strengthen employer engagement in developing and advancing workforce diversity and a career mobility pipeline.
  • Teresa Eckrich Sommer (Northwestern University) will describe her partnership with the Community Action Project of Tulsa, OK  to assess the impact of CareerAdvance®, a two-generation program that simultaneously links education, job training and career- building for low-income parents with high-quality early childhood education for their young children.
  • Loretta Heuer (North Dakota State University) will share how she is partnering with Cankdeska Cikana Community College to assess the recruitment and retention of American Indian nurses in North Dakota, and the implementation of an apprenticeship program and a pipeline course for high school students.
  • Cheryl A. Hyde (Temple University) will describe her partnership with the Health Information Career Pathways Initiative to study social networks and social capital development.
  • Philip Hong (Loyola University of Chicago) will discuss how he has partnered with two HPOG programs to evaluate the development and progress of psychological self-sufficiency as students move through training programs.
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What Have We Learned About Programs and Policies to Support Low-Income Fathers?  Live

Programs to support responsible fatherhood have grown over the past few decades. Elizabeth Peters (The Urban Institute) will moderate a discussion aimed at gleaning the lessons learned from recent research examining fatherhood programs and policies.

  • Sarah Avellar (Mathematica Policy Research) will draw on knowledge gained from the Strengthening Families Evidence Review to highlight research on effective fatherhood programming.
  • David Pate (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) will discuss his review of child support agencies’ efforts to promote fathers’ self-sufficiency and how they have impacted child support payments and parent-child involvement.
  • Sharon McGroder (Mathematica Policy Research) will discuss the use of psychosocial predictors, such as personality, goals and stressors, in fatherhood research.
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Using Social Media and Technology for Research on Low-Income Populations

Emerging technologies can facilitate increases in benefit access and program effectiveness, improvements in efforts to locate low-income, hard-to-reach populations and research cost savings. Sarah Sattelmeyer (Administration for Children and Families) will moderate this session focused on identifying and using appropriate technologies to conduct research on low-income populations.

  • Mary Madden (Pew Internet and American Life Project) will give an overview of what is known about technology and Internet use among low-income and hard-to-reach populations, as well as the impact of emerging technologies on families, communities and teens.
  • Ashley Richards (RTI International) will provide an overview of how surveys and data collection processes can incorporate social media and mobile technologies to increase efficiency, timeliness and quality, especially for studies of low-income and hard-to-reach populations.
  • Diane Zambito (Cby25i) will highlight ways that researchers and program providers can use emerging technologies to connect and stay connected with low-income and at-risk youth, including those served by ACF programs. She will highlight effective strategies to locate youth to participate in survey research.
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Emerging Research on Disconnection from TANF and the Safety Net

Pamela Loprest (The Urban Institute) will moderate this session about “disconnected” families who are neither working nor receiving cash assistance. Panelists will describe the characteristics of these families, discuss how State and local policies relate to disconnection and examine how disconnection may differ between men and women.

  • Zakia Redd (Child Trends) will use data from the 2011 and 2012 National Survey of Children's Health to present a statistical portrait of disconnected families with children.
  • Andrea Hetling (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) will use Census data to focus on how macro-level factors, such as State welfare rules and counties’ socio-economic characteristics, relate to disconnection.
  • Laryssa Mykyta (U.S. Census Bureau) will examine disconnectedness among working-age men and women and assess how the prevalence of disconnection varies over the business cycle.
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Examining Dimensions of Child Care Policy

Child care is an integral part of many programs that serve low-income families, as well as an important contributor to a child’s current and future well-being. Sarah Minton (The Urban Institute) will moderate a session presenting findings from new research around child care subsidies for low-income families.

  • Using administrative data from Maryland, Nicole Forry (Child Trends) will present findings from an analysis of the association between early care and education experiences, including subsidized child care and school readiness.
  • Julia Henly (The University of Chicago) will report findings of an innovative research partnership that aims to improve knowledge around subsidy stability and child care continuity.
  • Yoonsook Ha (Boston University) will discuss work examining how the generosity of state-level child care subsidy rules affects subsidy take up and retention.
5:00 p.m. Informal Social Gathering

Omni Shoreham Marquee Bar and Lounge

We welcome conference attendees to gather for informal networking; refreshments will be available for purchase.


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