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  • Site Profile – Breaking Barriers, San Diego County, CA

    Published: April 23, 2020
    The Breaking Barriers program, based in San Diego, California, provided employment services to lower-income individuals with disabilities.  MDRC carried out a random assignment impact evaluation of the program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, in order to assess the effectiveness of the program at improving employment outcomes for program participants. Findings from that evaluation were released in September 2019...
  • Touchpoints for Addressing Substance Use Issues in Home Visiting: Expanded Executive Summary of Phase 1 Final Report

    Published: April 23, 2020
    Home visiting aims to support expectant parents and families with young children by offering them “resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn” (HRSA, 2019). Although the characteristics of the families served, and the service components delivered, vary by evidence-based home visiting model, problematic substance use is commonly one of the many outcome areas addressed by home visitors in the course of their engagement...
  • Touchpoints for Addressing Substance Use Issues in Home Visiting: Phase 1 Final Report

    Published: April 23, 2020
    Home visiting aims to support expectant parents and families with young children by offering them “resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn” (HRSA, 2019). Although the characteristics of the families served, and the service components delivered, vary by evidence-based home visiting model, problematic substance use is commonly one of the many outcome areas addressed by home visitors in the course of their engagement...
  • Behavioral Buzz: April 2020 - Five Evidence-Based Behavioral Science Practices for Social Services Agencies During COVID-19

    Updates on behavioral economics and the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project.
  • Evidence-Building Academy for Child Welfare Administrators and Evaluators

    Published: April 17, 2020
    Are you interested in evaluating a child welfare program or service? Join child welfare evaluation experts for the Evidence-Building Academy (the Academy), offered at no cost to participants. The Academy will walk participants through the steps needed to do a rigorous evaluation in real-world child welfare settings. Academy experts will also answer questions, troubleshoot, and help you create a strong evaluation plan, whether you are just starting or making adjustments to an evaluation already under way.
  • Methods for Promoting Open Science in Social Policy Research

    Published: April 13, 2020
    “Open science” represents a broad movement to make all phases of research—from design to dissemination—more transparent and accessible. The scientific community and Federal agencies that support research have a growing interest in open science methods in response to highly publicized news stories and journal articles that cast doubt on research credibility...
  • 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...
  • At a Glance: Native Language Use in Region XI Head Start Households

    Published: April 7, 2020
    The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 (AI/AN FACES 2015) is the first national descriptive study of children and families enrolled in Head Start programs operated by federally recognized tribes. These programs incorporate communities’ unique histories, traditions, and beliefs into their operations. AI/AN FACES 2015 reflects advice from the AI/AN FACES Workgroup, comprising Region XI Head Start directors, researchers, and federal officials.

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