Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Project (Follow-On) 2016 - 2018

Project Overview

The Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research follow-on contract provides timely and flexible research and evaluation support to ACF and its stakeholders and a flexible research and evaluation mechanism for responding to rapidly emerging policy priorities and research opportunities. In particular, the contractor, Mathematica Policy Research, provides research and evaluation assistance to ACF stakeholders to help them use and produce high-quality research and evaluate the impact of planned programmatic and policy changes. This project is one of the components of ACF’s Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium.

The point of contact is Victoria Kabak.

  • The Learn Phase: Creating Sustainable Change in Human Services Programs

    Published: February 21, 2019

    The Learn, Innovate, Improve (or, LI2) process is a way for human services leaders to intentionally launch and systematically guide program change and to incorporate evidence and research methods into such efforts. This practice brief provides an overview of the first phase of LI2—the Learn phase—which is intended to lay the foundation for successful...

  • Using a “Road Test” to Improve Human Services Programs

    Published: March 27, 2018

    A road test is an iterative, rapid prototyping approach used to refine the design and implementation of a program strategy or intervention. This analytic piloting process involves multiple cycles of gathering formative feedback, adjusting the design, and strengthening the implementation of a strategy prior to scaling it up. By using this accessible approach...

  • Learn, Innovate, Improve (LI2): Enhancing Programs and Improving Lives

    Published: January 18, 2018

    The Learn, Innovate, Improve (LI2) process is a systematic, evidence-informed approach to program improvement. LI2 involves a series of analytic and replicable activities, supported by collaboration between practitioners and applied researchers, to help human services programs design, implement, and iteratively test programmatic changes. As a continuous improvement process...

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