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Building research capacity in human services agencies

Individual Author: 
McCay, Jonathan
Sandfort, Jodi
Goerge, Robert
Derr, Michelle
Tseng, Vivian

This video from the 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) describes methods for building research capacity in social service agencies, including 1) rapid-cycle evaluation, 2) using administrative data for performance management and program decision support, 3) practices to engage program administrators in creating and using research evidence, and 4) evidence-based technical assistance.

Homeless in Minnesota - Youth on their own

Individual Author: 
Lindberg, Christin
Pittman, Brian
Decker Gerrard, Michelle

Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness.(Author abstract)

Homelessness in Minnesota: Findings from the 2012 statewide homeless study

Individual Author: 
Wilder Research

Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness. (author abstract) 

Sustainable construction in Indian County: Charting a course to sustainability

Individual Author: 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Fond du Lac Veterans Supportive Housing, which opened in 2013, is the most recent housing development for families and single people of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (FDL) designed to support homeless tribal members—in this case veterans—while also advancing the FDL’s commitment to the environment. Participation in a survey process that included reservation lands led FDL to identify several new areas of unmet need among homeless tribal members.

Study of the TANF application process: Final report

Individual Author: 
Lodewick, Kendra
Botsko, Christopher
Williams, Susan Schreiber
Werner, Alan
Porcari, Diane
Valente, Jesse

The passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) in 1996 dramatically transformed the nation’s primary cash assistance program for low-income families when it created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program to replace the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) Program. There is a substantial body of research on some of the major policy changes under TANF, including, for example, increased work requirements, and time limits on program eligibility.

More about the dads: Exploring associations between nonresident father involvement and child welfare case outcomes

Individual Author: 
Malm, Karin
Zielewski, Erica
Chen, Henry

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the results of a study regarding child welfare agencies efforts to identify, locate, and involve nonresident fathers of children in foster care.

But do lower-wage jobs follow? Comparing wage-based outcomes of light rail transit to control corridors

Individual Author: 
Nelson, Arthur C.
Miller, Matt
Eskic, Dejan
Ganning, Joanna P.
Liu, Jenny H.
Ewing, Reid

Literature suggests that rail transit improvements should be associated with more jobs and perhaps increasing share of jobs in a metropolitan area. Literature and some research also suggest that such improvements should increase the number of lower-wage jobs accessible to transit. In this paper, we assess both in the context of all 11 light rail transit systems built in metropolitan areas of fewer than eight million residents in the nation since 1981.

Responsible fatherhood programs in the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation

Individual Author: 
Dion, M. Robin
Zaveri, Heather
Holcomb, Pamela

Policy interest and support for increasing the positive involvement of fathers in their children's lives has increased substantially in recent years, with a dedicated federal funding stream for responsible fatherhood programs. These programs aim to improve fathers’ parenting, economic stability, and relationship skills, factors that are known to be associated with fathers’ socioemotional and financial support of their children. We focus on the efforts of four fatherhood programs participating in a large-scale evaluation sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S.

Families Achieving Success Today Two (FAST2): Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence-based model together with cultural interventions in an experimental evaluation design

Individual Author: 
Timmerman, Larry

This presentation from the 2015 NAWRS conference provides an overview of an evaluation of individual placement and support services enhanced with cultural training and service components in Minnesota’s Ramsey County. These services were intended to reduce racial outcome disparities of employment services.