Detailed Agenda  |  Thursday, June 2

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

Live — Session available via Live Stream

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  Live

Regency Ballroom

  • Maria Cancian (Administration for Children and Families)
8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session  Live
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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  Live

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  Live

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  Live

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.


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 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

  • 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  Live
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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Federal Interagency Coordination, State Implementation, and Research Opportunities

Regency Ballroom

  • Phil Harris (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)


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