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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 7 – April 9, 2020

    ACF OPRE News: Findings on the Effects of the Assets for Independence Program What did we learn about the effects of the Assets for Independence program in Albuquerque, New Mexico and LA? Featured Items in this Issue: Building Savings, Ownership, and Financial Well-Being: First- and Third-Year Assets for Independence Program Randomized Evaluation Findings in Context Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination: Collaboration Assessment Tool At a Glance: Native Language Use in Region XI Head Start Households Ongoing Research and Program Evaluation Efforts Related to Justice-Involved Parents and Youth
  • Building Savings, Ownership, and Financial Well-Being: First- and Third-Year Assets for Independence Program Randomized Evaluation Findings in Context

    Published: April 9, 2020
    Savings and assets play an important role in economic stability and upward mobility for families with low incomes. To help households with low incomes build assets, the federal government launched the Assets for Independence (AFI) program, authorized by Congress in 1998. This program funded individual development accounts (IDAs) that matched personal savings for assets such as a first home, capital to start a business, or higher education and training...
  • Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination: Collaboration Assessment Tool

    Published: April 9, 2020
    Social service organizations and policy makers increasingly recognize that they can accomplish more and improve outcomes for those they serve when they work together with other organizations. They forge new partnerships, develop new relationships, and often implement changes to practice as a result of collaboration and coordination efforts. Collaboration and coordination efforts occur along a continuum, from early planning stages towards more fully developed or mature levels of partnership...
  • Ongoing Research and Program Evaluation Efforts Related to Justice-Involved Parents and Youth

    Published: April 3, 2020
    Several ACF programs interact with justice-involved parents and youth in an effort to promote economic self-sufficiency and social well-being for the individuals and their families. Across ACF, we are implementing rigorous research and evaluation projects to better understand how to serve this population.
  • Practicing Positive Organizational Culture in TANF Offices

    Published: April 3, 2020
    This infographic distills key findings from a literature review conducted as part of the Understanding Poverty: TANF Office Culture study sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The full literature review identifies key factors associated with a positive organizational culture as well as accompanying strategies TANF offices may employ to promote positive organizational culture.
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 6 – March 19, 2020

    ACF OPRE News: Interim Findings from Evaluation of the Paycheck Plus Demonstration in Atlanta & More What did we learn about a policy that offers a more generous tax credit to low-income workers without dependent children? Featured items in this issue: A More Generous Earned Income Tax Credit for Singles: Interim Findings from the Paycheck Plus Demonstration in Atlanta Preventing and Addressing Intimate Violence when Engaging Dads (PAIVED): Challenges, Successes, and Promising Practices from Responsible Fatherhood Programs Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Children’s Social and Emotional Skills: Select Findings from the MSHS Study 2017
  • A More Generous Earned Income Tax Credit for Singles: Interim Findings from the Paycheck Plus Demonstration in Atlanta

    Published: March 16, 2020
    Employment and wages have been rising over the last several years of the recovery from the Great Recession that ended in 2009. But the recent wage increases are not enough to offset decades of stagnating or even falling wages for many groups of low-wage U.S. workers. A central policy question is how to ensure that economic growth is shared more widely and that people who work are not poor. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one option...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 5 – March 5, 2020

    Can Subsidized Employment Programs Help Disadvantaged Job Seekers? What did we learn from 13 random assignment studies of subsidized employment programs? Featured items in this issue: Can Subsidized Employment Programs Help Disadvantaged Job Seekers? A Synthesis of Findings from Evaluations of 13 Programs Characteristics of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Children and Families: Select Findings from the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Study 2017
  • Can Subsidized Employment Programs Help Disadvantaged Job Seekers? A Synthesis of Findings from Evaluations of 13 Programs

    Published: March 4, 2020
    Even in a strong economy, some job seekers struggle to find and keep jobs. These individuals often have limited work experience, few educational credentials and job skills, and other characteristics such as criminal records or primary caretaking responsibilities that make it difficult for them to compete in the labor market. For decades, government entities, private foundations, and nonprofit organizations have developed programs to help disadvantaged job seekers...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 4 – February 20, 2020

    Two New Conceptual Models for Youth Sexual Risk Avoidance and Sexual Risk Cessation and Much (Much) More What are the range of factors that research shows may influence youth decision making, sexual behavior, and related outcomes? Featured items in this issue: Two New Conceptual Models for Youth Sexual Risk Avoidance and Sexual Risk Cessation Cultural Items and Language Use in Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Classrooms The Analysis Plan for the HPOG 2.0 Impact Evaluation Understanding the Research Analysis Plan for the HPOG 2.0 Cost-Benefit Analysis

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