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  • Lessons from the Field: Using Continuous Quality Improvement to Refine Interventions for Youth at Risk of Homelessness

    Published: February 4, 2020
    Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is a process for enhancing the operation and performance of a program or practice through regularly collecting and analyzing data and identifying and testing change strategies. In this brief, local evaluators working with two agencies, Alameda County, California, and the Colorado Department of Human Services, describe how their teams used CQI to learn from the initial implementation of model interventions designed to prevent homelessness among youth...
  • Home Visiting Career Trajectories

    Published: January 29, 2020
    Early childhood home visiting programs provide new and expecting parents with information, support, referrals, and connections to community resources and services. These programs build relationships to support families in reaching their goals. They aim to improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage positive parenting, and promote child development and school readiness...
  • Child Care Subsidies under the CCDF Program: An Overview of Policy Differences across States and Territories as of October 1, 2018

    Published: January 28, 2020
    If a child’s parents both work full-time and together earn $30,000 per year, can the family receive a subsidy to help pay for child care? What if one of the parents loses their job and needs child care while they look for a new job? If the family does qualify for a subsidy, how much will they have to pay out of pocket? The answers to these questions depend on a family’s exact circumstances...
  • Key Cross-State Variations in CCDF Policies as of October 1, 2018: The CCDF Policies Database Book of Tables

    Published: January 28, 2020
    The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides federal money to States, Territories, and Tribes to subsidize the cost of child care for lower-income families. Detailed policies vary widely across jurisdictions, with States/Territories/Tribes establishing different policies for: Eligibility requirements for families and children Application, waiting list, and redetermination requirements Family copayment policies Provider requirements and reimbursement rates...
  • Using the CCDF Policies Database: 2018 Fact Sheets

    Published: January 28, 2020
    The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) provides federal money to States and Territories to subsidize the cost of child care for low-income families. The detailed policies used to administer the programs vary widely across jurisdictions, with States and Territories establishing different policies for family eligibility, family copayments, provider payment rates, and provider eligibility requirements...
  • Behavioral Interventions Scholars Grants Summary Chart – FY19

    Published: January 24, 2020
    The Behavioral Interventions Scholars (BIS) grant program supports dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are applying a behavioral science lens to specific research questions relevant to social services programs and policies and other issues facing low-income and vulnerable families in the United States. The third round of BIS grants was awarded in 2019.
  • Applying Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques to Employment Programming for Fathers: Findings from the B3 Study

    Published: January 15, 2020
    A father’s support – both financial and emotional – is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of a child’s well-being.  However, past research has shown that fathers with previous involvement in the criminal justice system may find it particularly difficult to provide that support as they face challenges finding or maintaining stable employment, housing, and healthy relationships with family and friends...
  • Implementing an Innovative Parenting Program for Fathers: Findings from the B3 Study

    Published: January 15, 2020
    A father’s support – both financial and emotional – is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of a child’s well-being.  Past research has shown that low-income fathers – whether they live with their children or not – may find it particularly difficult to provide that support as they face challenges to maintaining stable employment and stable relationships with their children...
  • From Theory to Practice: Exploring Long-Term Evaluation Outcomes by Linking to Administrative Data, 2019 - 2022 - Overview

    Published: January 13, 2020
    This project will develop products intended to expand the use of administrative data in analyzing long-term outcomes of federal social program interventions.
  • Portfolio of Research in Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency: Fiscal Year 2019

    Published: January 13, 2020
    This portfolio of research describes all of the active or newly funded projects of our Division of Economic Independence in Fiscal Year 2019. The report covers five different topic areas, showing the breadth of our family self-sufficiency research. 

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