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 – August 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.
RMC Director and Research Scientist Heath Prince was invited to present a paper at the Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies conference held at the American University of Beirut February 2-3, 2017. The two day academic conference was sponsored by AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Princeton University’s Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and included speakers and panelist from across the MENA region. Heath presented his paper “Economic Growth, Youth Unemployment, and Political and Social Instability: A Study of Policies and Outcomes in Post-Arab Spring Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, 1990-2013” which discusses youth unemployment policy in the MENA region Post-Arab Spring.
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||The Annie E. Casey Foundation|
|Project Duration:||November 2016 – October 2017
|Description:||There is a growing base of evidence demonstrating that sector strategies can produce positive outcomes for lower-income workers in terms of employment, income, and career advancement outcomes. At the same time, despite gains in recent decades, significant racial gaps in median income and labor market participation persist, with African Americans and Latinos working and earning less, on average, that Non-Hispanic Whites. As such, sector initiatives would appear to have promise as an important tool for advancing racial equity. Yet, the majority of sector partnerships presently discuss their work as “population neutral,” leading some observers to ask whether the lack of a more explicit racial equity goal among more sector initiatives is a missed opportunity.
The Ray Marshall Center, along with Workforce Matters (a consulting firm that provides innovative strategies and workforce solutions), are proposing to launch a partnership to explore via a survey and series of interviews 1) If and how existing sector partnerships are addressing race equity issues; and 2) The most promising practices among those initiatives that are doing so.
For more information, please see sectorsforequity.org.
Dr. Daniel Schroeder, RMC Research Scientist, presented a paper at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) event titled “The limited reach of the Child Support Enforcement system” held in Washington, DC on Dec. 5th. His research showed that although the system has shown strong performance in recent years, a growing share of low income families who could benefit from child support enforcement are not reached by the system. You can view the livestream in it’s entirety here.
Several RMC researchers attended the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM) 2016 Fall Research Conference, The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective, held at the Washington Hilton in DC from Nov. 3-5. Dr. Heath Prince along with Dr. Chris King, Dr. Daniel Schroeder, Ashweeta Patnaik, and Sam Storey were all in attendance, with Chris, Daniel, and Ashweeta presenting some of their work as detailed below.
Social Science Research Associate Ashweeta Patnaik presented two posters. The first poster, presented on Nov. 3rd, highlighted the findings from the Center’s impact evaluation of the Gulf Coast IT Pathways project. In addition to sharing findings regarding the program’s impacts on participants’ education and labor market outcomes, she also focused on the challenges associated with evaluating a large multi-state consortium initiative. Her second poster, presented on Nov. 5th, highlighted the findings from the Center’s impact evaluation of Project GROW. Ms. Patnaik shared how the complex design of the demonstration project (which included multiple sites, differentiated service delivery and multiple program offerings) influenced the impact evaluation design and analysis, along with the evaluation’s findings regarding the program’s impacts on participants’ education and labor market outcomes.
Research Scientist Dr. Daniel Schroeder presented a paper on Nov. 4th demonstrating the success of a near-universal child support system known as the Texas Integrated Child Support System (ICSS). His presentation was part of a panel discussion “Noncustodial Fathers’ Contributions: Recent Trends and Consequences of Child Support Policy in the United States.”
Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King organized and chaired a roundtable on “Global Perspectives on Policies to Protect Workers” on Nov. 5th. Professors Hastings and Heyes from Sheffield University’s WOERRC, as well as Karen Livingston with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Ludek Rychly with the International Labour Office in Geneva, presented at the roundtable. Ms. Livingston is an LBJ alum (Class of ’02) and a past president of the LBJ School Alumni Association.
Dr. Prince attended the Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference 2016 hosted by Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) in Boston on Oct. 6-7. This year’s theme was Breakthrough Interventions and Outcomes, and it brought together varying participants and experts from fields including public health, child development, social work, public policy, neuroscience, education, economics, and business “to share science-informed approaches, discuss innovative policy solutions, and build active networks that sustain enduring intergenerational exits from poverty.”