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  • Individual Author: Roby, Scott; Stanley, Scott; Johnson, Charisse; Friend, Daniel; Paulsell, Diane
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    This session, moderated by Charisse Johnson (Administration for Children and Families), featured findings from the process study of the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation of two Healthy Marriage-Relationship Education (HMRE) programs: Career STREAMS in St. Louis, MO and MotherWise, in Denver, CO. After the presentations, Scott Roby (Public Strategies), a technical assistance provider and trainer on HMRE curricula, and Scott Stanley (University of Denver), a research professor and HMRE curriculum developer, responded to the study findings. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    This session, moderated by Charisse Johnson (Administration for Children and Families), featured findings from the process study of the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation of two Healthy Marriage-Relationship Education (HMRE) programs: Career STREAMS in St. Louis, MO and MotherWise, in Denver, CO. After the presentations, Scott Roby (Public Strategies), a technical assistance provider and trainer on HMRE curricula, and Scott Stanley (University of Denver), a research professor and HMRE curriculum developer, responded to the study findings. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Melchior Ruvkun, Seanna; Randriamanantena, Rina; Chamberlain, Seth; Forster, Hilary; Sick, Nathan
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). Management Information Systems (MISs) offer data collection, analysis, and reporting functionalities to inform program management. Recently, OPRE supported development of two MISs to support ACF grant programs. Moderated by Seth Chamberlain (Administration for Children and Families), this session included an interactive demonstration of each MIS and panelists shared strategies for system development, implementation considerations, and efforts to promote continuous quality improvement. Two practitioner discussants, Rina Randriamanantena (Phoenix Houses of New York) and Seanna Melchior Ruvkun (Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County), shared their experiences in using each system. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). Management Information Systems (MISs) offer data collection, analysis, and reporting functionalities to inform program management. Recently, OPRE supported development of two MISs to support ACF grant programs. Moderated by Seth Chamberlain (Administration for Children and Families), this session included an interactive demonstration of each MIS and panelists shared strategies for system development, implementation considerations, and efforts to promote continuous quality improvement. Two practitioner discussants, Rina Randriamanantena (Phoenix Houses of New York) and Seanna Melchior Ruvkun (Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County), shared their experiences in using each system. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Pugliese, John; Howell, Patty; County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2013

    This presentation describes findings from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) study to test provision of World Class Relationships (WCH), a 16-hour relationship and marriage education program, to TANF recipients. Survey results revealed no statistically significant differences between the experimental and control groups in relationships and job related beliefs. However, WCH clients and counselors offered enthusiastic testimonials. 

    This presentation was given at the 2013 National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop.

    This presentation describes findings from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) study to test provision of World Class Relationships (WCH), a 16-hour relationship and marriage education program, to TANF recipients. Survey results revealed no statistically significant differences between the experimental and control groups in relationships and job related beliefs. However, WCH clients and counselors offered enthusiastic testimonials. 

    This presentation was given at the 2013 National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop.

  • Individual Author: Cox, Ron
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2012

    Eradicating poverty in the United States has eluded policymakers, researchers, and analysts for the past 50 years. After initial decreases  during the 1960s and early 1970s, poverty rates have remained stubbornly stable, wavering from 11% to 15% of the population (Gabe, 2012). Government programs have largely met with only limited success despite investing billions of dollars each year. Recently, a conceptual framework that more seamlessly integrates community and government agencies to form a comprehensive effort against poverty has gained momentum (Kania & Kramer, 2011). Informing this effort have been research findings from the social sciences that have established the decline of two-parent families through divorce and unwed childbearing as an underlying causal agent of poverty. Fueled by these findings, lawmakers made the promotion of healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood a central component of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity (PRWORA). This research brief examines the rationale behind a framework of integration, the effectiveness of healthy...

    Eradicating poverty in the United States has eluded policymakers, researchers, and analysts for the past 50 years. After initial decreases  during the 1960s and early 1970s, poverty rates have remained stubbornly stable, wavering from 11% to 15% of the population (Gabe, 2012). Government programs have largely met with only limited success despite investing billions of dollars each year. Recently, a conceptual framework that more seamlessly integrates community and government agencies to form a comprehensive effort against poverty has gained momentum (Kania & Kramer, 2011). Informing this effort have been research findings from the social sciences that have established the decline of two-parent families through divorce and unwed childbearing as an underlying causal agent of poverty. Fueled by these findings, lawmakers made the promotion of healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood a central component of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity (PRWORA). This research brief examines the rationale behind a framework of integration, the effectiveness of healthy marriage and as an intervention, and recent attempts to integrate healthy marriage and relationship education into Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Teitler, Julien O.; Reichman, Nancy E.; Nepomnyaschy, Lenna; Garfinkel, Irwin
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2009

    We investigated the widely held premise that welfare participation causes women to refrain from marriage. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,219), we employed an event history approach to study transitions to marriage among mothers who have had a nonmarital birth. We found that welfare participation reduces the likelihood of transitioning to marriage (hazard ratio is 0.67, p <.01), but only while the mother is receiving benefits. Once the mother leaves welfare, past receipt has little effect on marriage. We infer that the negative association between welfare participation and subsequent marriage reflects temporary economic disincentives rather than an erosion of values. (author abstract)

    We investigated the widely held premise that welfare participation causes women to refrain from marriage. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,219), we employed an event history approach to study transitions to marriage among mothers who have had a nonmarital birth. We found that welfare participation reduces the likelihood of transitioning to marriage (hazard ratio is 0.67, p <.01), but only while the mother is receiving benefits. Once the mother leaves welfare, past receipt has little effect on marriage. We infer that the negative association between welfare participation and subsequent marriage reflects temporary economic disincentives rather than an erosion of values. (author abstract)

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