|Principal Investigator:||Daniel Schroeder, Ph.D.
|Sponsor:||US Department of Agriculture
|Project Duration:||July 2012 to September 2016|
|Description:||The objective of this research is to gain a better understanding of the income trajectories of persons who have experienced job loss and the roles that Unemployment Insurance (UI) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) play in mediating income loss. The research will add to ERS’s understanding of the prevalence and severity of income volatility and how decreases in income associated with job loss may affect decisions regarding SNAP participation and duration of assistance, especially among the working poor. Research results can inform program and policy decisions regarding targeting of program outreach efforts, the interdependence of program budget needs between the nation’s two largest social safety-net programs during different portions of the business cycle, and how duration of available assistance is correlated with future earnings growth.|
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||US Department of Labor|
|Project Duration:||June 2014 – December 2015
|Description:||The purpose of this project is to conduct background research and to design a demonstration and rigorous evaluation that tests the provision of wage supplements or wage insurance to unemployed individuals. As part of this project, researchers at The Ray Marshall Center will review existing data and research on the topic, identify different options for further research and/or demonstration(s) testing various strategies, and analyze the feasibility of these options. Many dislocated workers experience significant earnings losses when they become reemployed in a new occupation or industry. To mitigate these losses, economists have proposed wage supplements, also called “wage insurance.” As proposed, wage supplements “provide temporary, partial wage supplementation to dislocated workers who lose their jobs due to either a domestic or an international dislocation” (Wandner, 2010, p.448). Wage supplements are proposed to be a complement to unemployment insurance (UI). The UI program protects workers from wage loss while they are unemployed, while wage supplements are designed to protect workers from wage loss after they are reemployed. Wage supplements may encourage dislocated workers to more rapidly accept reemployment since “[u]nder most proposals, affected workers usually receive up to half of their lost wages based on their pre dislocation wage, usually for a period of up to two years” (Ibid.).|
|Reports Available:|| Wage Insurance and Wage Supplements: Final Evaluation Design Report
Authors: Christopher T. King and Kristie Tingle
Date: January 2016
Publication Type: Report, 16pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Project Duration:||June 2014 – May 2015
|Description:||The purpose of this research is to determine whether parental participation in Capital IDEA increased the share of participants’ children who completed high school and entered college upon graduation, and furthermore whether that participation increased the share of children who persist in and complete college. Additionally, this research examines whether participation in Capital IDEA enhances the parent/child relationship in ways that may increase the future likelihood of high school graduation and college enrollment among younger children. By matching student outcome data to parents participating in Capital IDEA programs, this project will contribute to the field of education by assessing whether or not particular program characteristics among Capital IDEA participants had a strong effect on the educational outcomes of their children, who were enrolled in greater Austin area high schools and graduated between 2006 and 2012. Little is known about the effects on older children of participation in education and training programs that lead to enhanced career advancement and improved earnings for parents. Findings that children of Capital IDEA participants had stronger educational attainment outcomes than their comparison group counterpart peers would indicate that two-generation strategies may be an effective strategy to close achievement gaps.|
|Reports Available:|| Measuring Two-Generation Effects of Capital IDEA Program Participation
Authors: Kristin Christensen and Tara Smith
Date: May 2015
Publication Type: Report, 9pp
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD (RMC) and Christopher N. Avery (Harvard)|
|Sponsor(s):||Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Harvard University|
|Project Duration:||July 2014 – June 2017
|Description:||This project includes two parts: the first focuses on digital messaging to improve FAFSA completion and the second focuses on digital messaging on the entire college application process.
Successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a key milestone on the pathway to college for many US students. Yet, the complexity of the FAFSA completion process creates barriers to college access and success particularly for students from low-income backgrounds and those who would be the first in their family to attend college. For example, college-intending students may fail to file their FAFSA at all, may delay filing and miss priority deadlines, or may fail to successfully complete steps in the income verification process, if required. In this project, we will marry data available through Apply TX on individual students’ FAFSA completion status, local FAFSA completion supports, and text messaging as a low-cost and effective means of communication to provide students and families with targeted information about the FAFSA and their status in the FAFSA completion process and to connect them with additional FAFSA support when needed. We will implement this project in selected high schools during the 2014-2015 academic year. Outreach will focus on Class of 2015 high school seniors.
The second part of this project will follow a similar structure but will broaden the scope of the text-based outreach. In particular, we will send text messages to students beginning in their junior year of high school and continuing through the summer after their senior year in high school. The goal of the messages is threefold: (1) to provide college and financial aid information in a simplified, digestible manner; (2) to deliver timely reminders of important application and financial aid tasks; and (3) to provide students with guidance on how to successfully complete these tasks.
By starting outreach early in the college admissions timeline, we will be able to message students about a broad range of college-related tasks, including college entrance exam registration and test taking, college applications, FAFSA completion, and pre-matriculation college transition tasks (e.g., signing master promissory notes).
|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, MPA|
|Sponsor(s):||Austin Community College, Northern Virginia Community College|
|Project Duration:||February 2014 – September 2017
|Description:||A Ray Marshall Center (RMC) research team, led by Dr. Christopher King and Dr. Kelly Mikelson, are conducting an evaluation of the TAACCCT (Trade Adjusmtent Assistance Community College and Career Training) grant to Austin Community College (ACC), a co-grantee with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. ACC developed the Health Professions Academy to deliver individualized, computer-based education to improve the prerequisite completion rate for students pursuing a healthcare career. In addition, about 30% of the ACC students are supported by CapitalIDEA which provides high-touch case management for eligible learners. The RMC evaluation will track the ACC students throught the Health Professions Academy and examine labor market outcomes for students using Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage data. The evaluation will run through September 2015.|
|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, MPA
|Sponsor:||Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, Austin Community Foundation|
|Project Duration:||March 2014 – September 2014
|Description:||High school counselors have the potential to play a critical role in promoting students’ high school completion and college readiness. The Texas Legislature has frequently recognized the importance of counselors in delegating important responsibilities to them, most recently in the case of House Bill 5 in regards to counselors’ assisting students in understanding and choosing curricular pathways, graduation plans, and endorsements. However, the legislative cuts to educational appropriations in 2011 appear to have reduced the supply of counselors in the state, possibly preventing the new curricular mandates in HB5 from being fully implemented. Despite the importance of counselors, limited research exists on factors that affect the supply of counselors and the effects of this supply on student outcomes. The purpose of this study is to analyze trends in the supply of counselors and the demand for their services, understood as trends in the student population, and to estimate the effects of counselors on students’ likelihood of finishing high school and enrolling in college. The study will specifically investigate whether students attending schools and districts that eliminated counseling staff as a result of the 2011 budget cuts fared worse than their peers in contexts where the student-to-counselor ratio was relatively maintained.|
|Reports Available:||Texas School Counselor Study: Exploring the Supply, Demand, and Evolving Roles of School Counselors
Authors: Greg Cumpton, Matt Giani
Date: December 2014
Publication Type: Report. 48pp.Texas School Counselor Study Executive Summary
Authors: Greg Cumpton, Matt Giani
Date: December 2014
Publication Type: Executive Summary. 4pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, Ph.D.
|Sponsors:||Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
|Project Duration:||September 2013 to September 2016|
|Description:||Ray Marshall Center researchers, led by Dr. Christopher King and Tara Smith, are conducting an evaluation of the TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) Advanced Manufacturing Grant to Tulsa Community College (TCC) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with researchers at Ann Arbor-based Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. TCC is strategically aligning workforce, education, and training activities to develop sustainable career pathways in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and other industries with national and/or industry-recognized credentials, as well as offering an array of support services. The evaluation will run through September 2016.|
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsors:||The Aspen Institute, US Department of Labor
|Project Duration:||May 2013 to September 2016|
|Description:||The Aspen Institute in collaboration with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin is carrying out a high-quality, non-experimental (comparison cohort) impact analysis and implementation study to provide evidence on the effectiveness of the Gulf Coast IT Pathways Consortium with funding provided by the US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Program. The Consortium, which consists of nine community colleges in Mississippi and Louisiana, is tasked with addressing the challenges facing trade-impacted workers and meeting the high demand for IT workers in their regions.
|Reports Available:||Retraining the Gulf Coast through Information Technology Pathways: Final Impact Evaluation Report
Authors: Ashweeta Patnaik and Heath Prince
Date: September 2016
Publication Type: Report, 68pp
Retraining the Gulf Coast through Information Technology Pathways: Impact Evaluation Interim Report
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD and Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
|Sponsor:||University of Texas Health Science Center and Texas Early Learning Council
|Project Duration:||February 2013 – August 2013|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center in collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute at the UT Social Work department are conducting The Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) Capacity Survey funded by the Texas Early Learning Council. The purpose of the survey is to assess the level of preparedness of new professionals in the early childhood care and education (ECCE) field. The project will survey providers of ECCE working in different settings as well as administrators of higher education programs offering certificates and degrees in the field of ECCE. The research team led by Dr. Heath Prince includes Drs. Monica Faulkner and Daniel Schroeder who have extensive experience in conducting research in the field of ECCE.|
|Reports Available:||Texas Early Childhood Care and Education: Professional Preparation – Survey Data Report
Authors: Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
Date: June 2013
Publication Type: Report, 29pp.
Texas Early Childhood Care and Education: Institutes of Higher Education – Survey Data Report
Texas Early Childhood Care and Education: Institutes of Higher Education – Capacity Survey Final Report
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, Ph.D.|
|Sponsor:||City of Austin|
|Project Duration:||November 2012 – March 2014
|Description:||In June 2009, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced funding for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Congress designated $1.5 billion for communities to provide financial assistance and services to either prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless, or to help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The City of Austin received $3,062,820 to implement its HPRP effort; services began in December 2009 and concluded in December 2011. A total of 2,517 clients were served by three sub-grantees: Caritas of Austin; Austin Tenants’ Council; and Youth and Family Alliance. The City of Austin is funding an evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) to better understand its outcomes. Specifically, the City is interested in identifying any patterns in the use of other public services by program participants, as well as, to the extent possible, labor market outcomes. This information will help the City further refine its investments in Best Single Source Plus, a multi-million dollar initiative to help stabilize disadvantaged families in Austin, and other social service contracts. RMC researchers will work with the City of Austin to identify participants in HPRP, and to assess the quality of data kept on HPRP participants. RMC researchers will use existing data sharing agreements with state agencies to identify patterns in HPRP participants use of other public services, including TANF, SNAP, UI, job training, emergency utility assistance, etc. RMC researchers will use existing data sharing agreements with the Texas Workforce Commission to examine labor market outcomes for participants.
In addition, RMC researchers will conduct a process analysis of the HPRP program, through site visits, field interviews and document analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses in the HPRP program in terms of its stated mission.
|Reports Available:||Housing 360: Patterns of Program Participation and Outcomes
Authors: Tara Smith, Kristin Christensen, Daniel Schroeder, and Heath Prince
Date: December 2013
Publication Type: Final Report, 36pp.