|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs|
|Project Duration:||April 2017 – August 2017
|Description:||The purpose of this research will be to obtain input from TDHCA tenants 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 tenants’ opinions about their neighborhoods, development features, and tenant services. Overall, this project will provide a representative portrait of tenants’ lived experiences and nuanced opinions about their homes, with the goal of identifying what tenants most value in their living situations. The research will be conducted in two phases – a series of four focus groups and one quantitative survey.|
With immigration reform being front and center these days, Dr. Marshall has responded to several requests since the election from print and broadcast media to discuss immigration-related issues. In addition, he is consulting with a coalition of labor and other organizations who have reached out to him to help craft a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Two recent meetings hosted by Dr. Marshall in Austin, TX, brought together members of the AFL-CIO, United Way Worldwide, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Economic Policy Institute to delve deeper into the issues.
The first meeting was held on Wednesday, 3/15, and included Jon Hiatt, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO, and Ana Avendaño, Vice President of Labor Participation at United Way Worldwide.
The second meeting was held on 3/17 and included Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at EPI; Naomi Tsu, Deputy Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Program at SPLC; Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration Policy at the AFL-CIO; and Susan Marshall, lecturer at Concordia University.
|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||San Antonio Works and San Antonio Economic Development Foundation|
|Project Duration:||November 2016 – August 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC) along with consulting partner Jobs for the Future (JFF) will work with SA Works to develop an action plan for future work. The primary steps in developing the plan include:
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. Heath Prince and Cynthia Juniper, with support from the Hitachi Foundation, attended the Behavioral Exchange 2016 conference at Harvard University on June 6 & 7, 2016. The Hitachi Foundation also sponsored a luncheon convening of experts to discuss the application of Behavioral Sciences to training low-wage, front line incumbent workers. Juniper and Prince recently completed a literature review, Behavioral Economics and Workforce Development: A Review of the Literature from Labor Economics and the Broader Field, to be published this fall in the Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development.
For more information about RMC’s “Behavioral Economics and Workforce Development” project funded by the Hitachi Foundation and to read the full literature review, please see the project page. Please note that the published version from the OJWED is scheduled to be released in August 2016.
Dr. Daniel Schroeder, RMC Research Scientist, and Ms. Ashweeta Patnaik, RMC Social Science Research Associate, were invited to present their findings from the ADARE-SNAP study to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) during a meeting held in Washington D.C. on June 7, 2016. The multi-state Administrative Data Research and Evaluation (ADARE) Alliance’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Study was funded by USDA ERS. The goals of the ADARE-SNAP study were to (1) 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 (2) demonstrate by state-specific approaches and accomplishments how analyses based on longitudinal files of linked confidential state administrative data can be replicated in other states, and extended and refined by the partners in the consortium states. During this meeting, Dr. Schroeder and Ms.Patnaik discussed how the two safety net programs jointly operated in the unique economic conditions and policy environment of Texas, and in particular how they responded to the Great Recession and its aftermath. Study partners from other states in the alliance also attended the meeting and shared highlights from their state-specific analyses. The meeting was organized by the The Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore and hosted by USDA ERS.
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Project Duration:||September 2016 – September 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), with support from Nuru International (NI), will assist NI Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) with the methodology, tools, and data analysis of its integrated programming model in Ethiopia and Kenya. RMC will provide technical guidance on measurement and data collection for the Multidimensional Poverty Index along with quantitative data analysis of NI’s Multidimensional Poverty Survey (MPI). The key questions being asked this first year are:
Five years ago, young people in the Middle East and North Africa led a major uprising with hopes for a better life. Dr. Heath Prince, a University of Texas labor market expert, explains why little has changed in this article published online for The Conversation. You can check out the article here. The full paper can be found here.
On April 13th, the Center’s Associate Director, Greg Cumpton, traveled to Durham, North Carolina to participate in the convening of a Big Data charrette with leading academics, industry leaders, and non-profits from across the South. The National Science Foundation convened the meeting in an effort to develop a Big Data Innovation Ecosystem for the region, where public and private data may be shared securely and accurately across organizations in an effort to drive more effective solutions in education, healthcare, and emergency planning.