RMC Research Scientist Daniel Schroeder was invited to attend the Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research held on October 17-18, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, DC. The invitation-only event was hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the US Department of Health and Human Services and MEF Associates and explored key child support policy research questions. Given Daniel’s experience and expertise, he was identified as an important contributor to the goals of the roundtable.
|Principal Investigator(s):||Heath J. Prince, PhD and Ashweeta Patnaik, MPH (Co-Principal Investigator)|
|Project Duration:||September 2017 – December 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC) has partnered with Nuru International to write a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan for Nuru’s anticipated programming in Nigeria. The plan will include an exhaustive literature review, a review of Nuru’s past approaches to evaluation, a review of poverty measures, a review of Nuru’s Leadership Sustainability Index (LSI), suggested methods, and suggested survey tools. The planning process will include expert consultation, interviews with Nuru staff, document review, literature review, and overall close coordination with personnel on the Nuru International team.|
In May 2017, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) to host a three-day Global Research Workshop that brought together the researchers and experts working on their project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South to present their research findings and discuss the themes that crosscut the case studies. RMC Director and Research Scientist Heath Prince attended this workshop along with RMC alum Amna Khan. Heath is also a collaborating researcher at UNRISD. UNRISD has recently published an Event Brief focusing on the main messages from the workshop, which can be viewed here.
RMC Social Science Research Associate Ashweeta Patnaik wrote a blog post about lessons learned from RMC’s evaluation of Nuru International‘s integrated and holistic international development model for the American Evaluation Association‘s AEA365 blog. You can view the post here. You can also learn more about RMC’s Multidimensional Poverty Assignment partnership with Nuru here.
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research|
|Project Duration:||August 2017 – July 2019
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC) will partner with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that adhere to the Cairo consensus of ensuring women’s reproductive health and sexual rights (RHSR) and the rights of the vulnerable youth and refugee populations in the north while reducing population growth in accordance with the SDGs and Jordan’s needs. We propose to do this by using a combination of culturally sensitive anthropological practices and behavioral economic approaches.
A critical objective of this effort is to identify interventions that produce the desired outcomes cost-effectively, in order that these interventions may be institutionalized within Jordanian ministries and CSOs/NGOs and, therefore, more likely to be replicated throughout the country and sustained over time.
On April 26, 2017, Heath Prince attended the “Improving Educational Experiences and Outcomes for Young Men of Color” meeting hosted by the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) and the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color. The meeting, held at the Etter-Harbin Alumn Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus, convened local and national experts and focused on education policy and practice as it relates to boys and young men of color. The meeting was part of the 2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders: Austin, TX, also held on campus from April 26-28th, with this year’s theme being Boys and Young Men of Color: Innovators, Creators, and Game Changers. You can read more about the meeting here and the conference here.
|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs|
|Project Duration:||May 2017 – September 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center has partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) to perform research activities related to TDHCA’s residents. The purpose of this research will be to obtain input from TDHCA residents about aspects of their living situations as they pertain to statewide regulations set forth in the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Uniform Multifamily Rules. Specifically, this research will investigate residents’ opinions about their neighborhoods, development features, and tenant services. Overall, this project will provide a representative portrait of residents’ lived experiences and nuanced opinions about their homes, with the goal of identifying what residents most value in their living situations. The research will be conducted in two phases – a series of four focus groups and one quantitative survey.
Go here to take the TDHCA Resident Survey.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Ray Marshall, the founder of our Center and holder of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, is completing another book on immigration, which is tentatively titled Managing Immigration: Benchmarking International Best Practice. This book examines the best practices of other immigration countries—particularly Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K.—and discusses how the United States can adapt these lessons to create a more effective employment-based migration system. It is increasingly clear that the U.S. system, which relies largely on family-based immigration, will need to shift to a system that emphasizes migrants who have the skills and education to allow the U.S. to better compete in an increasingly knowledge-intensive global economy.
The book outlines the economic, political, and social impacts of immigration; describes problems with the U.S. immigration system; discusses trends in immigration; details some of the best practices of countries that focus on employment-based migration; critiques the increasingly important issue of best practices in integrating immigrants; and concludes with recommendations on how to improve the U.S. immigration system. The book will include a discussion of how the election of Donald Trump could affect American immigration, political, social, and economic policies and institutions.
RMC Research Scientist Daniel Schroeder traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the National Child Support Enforcement Association’s (NCSEA) 2017 Policy Forum from February 16-18, 2017. This year, the annual conference was held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel and brought together experts, researchers, and professionals to discuss initiatives and recent developments that impact the child support program on all levels of government.
Dr. Heath Prince, RMC Director and Research Scientist, traveled to Amman, Jordan, from February 4th-9th during a recent trip to the Middle East to conduct a proposal planning workshop. He, along with colleagues from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and Brandeis University, were invited to submit a full proposal for a grant sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) titled “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Jordan.” The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research program “aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights.”
While there, the group performed field research to gather information to include in the proposal, visiting five health clinics and holding two focus groups (one with women and one with men) to better understand their views of modern family planning methods. They also interviewed doctors, nurses, and midwives and met with officials in the Ministry of Health and the Higher Population Council.
The workshop attendees consisted of 23 representatives from various ministries in Jordan, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and other researchers. The proposal was presented to the attendees, and their solicited feedback and the information gathered from the field research was incorporated into the full proposal. The proposal was submitted this week, and the notice of award is expected to be announced in June.