|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, MPA|
|Sponsor(s):||Centers for Disease Control|
|Project Duration:||August 2014 – August 2016
|Description:||The purpose of this work is to link food assistance and other related data from Texas with National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assist in policy planning in the United States. Data to be linked includes Texas Administrative Data Files (TADFs), Texas Food Stamp Program (FSP) records, Texas Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) files, and Unemployment Insurance (UI) files.
This work will be completed in two stages: the first stage of the work, which links data from 2005-2010, will be completed in 2015. The second stage of the work, which links data from 2011-2012, will be completed by August 31, 2016.
|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|
|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:||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 Investigators:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD and Ashweeta Patnaik, MPH|
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service|
|Research Partners:||The Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore, University of Chicago, University of Kentucky, Georgia State University, and W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research|
|Project Duration:||April 2010 – September 2017
|Description:||The goals of the ADARE-SNAP study will be to analyze the interaction of SNAP caseload and recipient household composition dynamics aligned with receipt of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and participation in UI covered employment, and to demonstrate by state-specific approaches and accomplishments how analyses based on longitudinal files of linked confidential state administrative data files can be replicated in other states, and extended and refined by the partners in the consortium states.The Ray Marshall Center will link longitudinal files of administrative records – SNAP administrative data, UI benefits data, and State UI wage records – to understand the sequencing of SNAP and UI applications, factors affecting the duration of SNAP and UI benefits, and the extent to which these patterns of outcomes are affected by the recession.|
|Evaluation of Urban Fathers Building Assests Initiatve|
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD|
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement|
|Research Partners:||Texas Office of the Attorney General, RAISE Texas, Harris County Precinct One, Baylor College of Medicine’s Young Fathers/Bootstrap project, Covenant Community Capital|
|Project Duration:||January 2011 – September 2014|
|Description:||The Urban Fathers Asset Building (UFAB) project is demonstrating an innovative nexus between the child support system, fatherhood programs and Assets for Independence (AFI) grant-funded services. UFAB is a collaborative initiative of the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Baylor College of Medicine’s Teen Health Clinic, and Covenant Community Capital Corporation, the local AFI grantee in Houston. UFAB targets low-income, young fathers—a population notably under-served by financial education services regularly provided under AFI—prior to their need for enforcement of child support orders.
UFAB intends to recruit and enroll up to 200 new or expectant young fathers who reside in the urban core of Houston, Texas, near the time of the births of their children in order to encourage financial literacy and asset building to become more economically self-sufficient. Simultaneously, the demonstration presents the opportunity to provide information about child support laws and enforcement to the young fathers at this early stage of family formation, as well as to personnel of collaborating entities at the community level. The grant also authorizes OAG to build awareness and support for this and other efforts of OAG’s Child Support Division throughout the state, including Child Support for College and the Bring it Back to Texas program. UFAB involves collaboration at the statewide level between the OAG and RAISE Texas, the statewide association of AFI grantees, for the purpose of disseminating child support information, including family stability initiatives to the grantees and their local partners.
The Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin has been contracted by OAG as the project evaluator to conduct process and outcomes analyses of UFAB.
|Reports Available:||Urban Fathers Asset Building – Final Report
Authors: Dan O’Shea, Daniel Schroeder, Cynthia Juniper, and Amna Khan
Date: September 2014
Publication Type: Report, 58 pp.
Urban Fathers Asset Building Project- Interim Implementation Report
Urban Fathers Asset Building Project – Evaluation Plan
|Principal Investigators:||Christopher T. King and Tara Smith (Former Co-Principal Investigator)|
|Sponsor:||George Kaiser Family Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families|
|Research Partners:||Community Action Program of Tulsa County, Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child and Graduate School of Education, Tulsa Educare, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa’s School of Community Medicine, Northwestern University’s Institute of Policy Research, Columbia University
|Project Duration:||July 2008 – September 2020
|Description:||In collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of partners, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is developing and implementing a sectoral workforce development strategy for low-skilled, low-income parents of children served by early childhood programs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There is emerging evidence that children whose parents hold stable jobs with progressively rising incomes exhibit better academic and behavioral outcomes. RMC and its partners have undertaken a dual-generation approach to poverty reduction that strengthens the investment in early childhood development by equipping Head Start parents with workforce training and gainful employment opportunities. This approach employs a more holistic model than traditional workforce development programs, as it also includes employee counseling and other support services to help parents complete training and adult basic education, retain their jobs, advance in their careers, and become economically self-sufficient. The goal is to develop a sustainable sectoral strategy that can be replicated beyond Tulsa to other communities across the nation.
In the first phase of the project (2008-2009), RMC designed a sectoral job development strategy focused on industries featuring jobs that pay well and provide much-needed employee benefits (e.g., health insurance, annual and sick leave) as well as career advancement opportunities. In April 2009, Community Action Program of Tulsa County launched the pilot, CareerAdvance®, at two Head Start sites in Tulsa involving 15 parents. The components of the CareerAdvance® are 1) GED and college readiness instruction, as needed; 2) skills training in the healthcare sector progressing from Certified Nursing Aide to Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse; 3) weekly peer support meetings addressing a flexible set of topics (e.g., life skills, work readiness, family finances); 4) conditional cash incentives (up to $3,000 a year) for participants meeting specified benchmarks to reinforce continued participation and help offset foregone earnings; and 5) workforce intermediation between healthcare employers and training institutions provided through Workforce Tulsa. The report on the project’s first year of operation is available at the link below.
In partnership with Harvard University and the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa School of Medicine, a second pilot site was opened in July 2009 at a Tulsa Educare Center. The second pilot, EduCareers, includes all components described above as well as enhanced mental health services for participating households, curriculum enhancements for the children, parent engagement training, and a medical home. The CareerAdvance® project has now been expanded to 2015 with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. RMC and partners at Northwestern and Columbia University have been engaged to provide ongoing on data collection, implementation, and outcomes analysis of project participants.
|Reports Available:||CareerAdvance® HPOG II Transition and Expansion
Authors: Christopher King, Cynthia Juniper, and Amy Anderson (Northwestern University)
Date: January 2017
Publication Type: Report, 31pp.
CareerAdvance® Implementation Study Findings through July 2015
Sustaining Two-Generation Strategies: A Case Study of Tulsa’s CareerAdvance® Program
CareerAdvance® Implementation Study Findings Through July 2014
CareerAdvance® Implementation Study Findings Through July 2013
The Evolution of the CareerAdvance® Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Expanding the CareerAdvance® Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma
CareerAdvance® Implementation Report
CareerAdvance® Pilot Project
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Travis County, Texas|
|Project Duration:||January 2006 – September 2017|
|Description:||For more than fifteen years, Travis County has invested between $1-2.5 million in workforce development programs for disadvantaged residents. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine outcomes and impacts for participants in Travis County-funded community-based workforce programs over time and to provide recommendations and support for County and provider staff based on data analysis and best practice research. Seven providers with long standing County contracts have been the focus of an ongoing evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of local workforce services investments led by the Ray Marshall Center since 2006:
Researchers at the Ray Marshall Center have produced a series of reports documenting the employment outcomes and impacts for participants from these programs over time. Findings from this evaluation have also been presented to the local workforce board, the County Commissioners Court, and at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) fall research conferences.
Other Social Services
Recently, the evaluation has expanded to include an analysis of other County-funded social services for disadvantaged residents. The first phase of this evaluation component focuses on analysis of historical Family Support Services (FSS) program data. Specifically, Travis County HHS has asked the RMC to review the evaluation design and methods implemented by BSS (Best Single Source), to create a parallel evaluation of the standard delivery of services (EACO or Emergency Assistance County Only), to help implement the evaluation, and to analyze and report on the results. The second phase of the evaluation will benchmark Travis County’s program with support programs offered by similar counties in Texas and beyond.
|Reports Available||Evaluation of Travis County Investments in Workforce Development: 2016 Update
Authors: Dan O’Shea, Heath Prince, Cynthia Juniper, and Patty Rodriguez
Date: April 2017
Publication Type: Report, 87pp.
Evaluation of Travis County Investments in Workforce Development: 2015 Update
An Evaluation of Local Investments in Workforce Development: 2014 Update
An Evaluation of Local Investments in Workforce Development: 2013 Update
The Local Investment in Workforce Development Evaluation: Travis County-Funded 2009/2010 Participant Plus Longer-Term Outcomes for Capital IDEA
Local Investments in Workforce Development: 2012 Evaluation Update
Evaluation of Local Workforce Demonstration Projects – Travis County’s REM and GEM Projects
Exploratory Return on Investment Analysis of Local Workforce Investments
Local Investments in Workforce Development: 2011 Evaluation Update
Rapid Employment Model Evaluation – 2011 Update
Rapid Employment Model Evaluation: Update #2
Evaluating Local Workforce Investments: Results for Short- and Long-Term Training in Austin (TX)
Local Investments in Workforce Development: Evaluation Update
Rapid Employment Model Evaluation: Update
Local Investments in Workforce Development: Initial Evaluation Findings
Rapid Employment Model Evaluation: Initial Findings