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.
On February 3rd, RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King traveled to Philadelphia, PA, to give a keynote talk “Two-Generation Antipoverty Strategies: The Why, What, Who and How” and to participate in a strategy discussion for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King presented a keynote talk “The Promise of Emerging 2-Generation Antipoverty Strategies” at The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s 2-Gen Summit held at Lifeworks, Austin, TX on January 25, 2017. The Austin summit, titled “Dialogue 1: Expanding our Boundaries – Connecting Causes and Consequences,” is the first in a series of three events being held to address issues in the health care environment, opening dialogues to address core leadership capabilities essential to the future.
Directed by LBJ School of Public Affairs doctoral student and former Ray Marshall Center graduate research assistant Christina N. Caramanis, 2G: Raising Families out of Poverty in the 21st Century follows the nascent efforts of community leaders, policy makers, and academics across disciplinary lines putting together a vision for antipoverty policy and programs that focus on the real needs of today’s American family. Highlighting the struggles of Austin’s large Spanish-speaking immigrant demographic, Margarita Guerrero Guerrero gives a firsthand account of the daily challenges she faces raising five children in a cramped two-bedroom house in South Austin. Margarita dreams of one day gaining the skills needed to get a high-paying job to support her family. Meanwhile, Ray Marshall Center Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King and Austin ISD Early Childhood Director Dr. Jacquie Porter take us through both national and local 2Gen efforts currently underway.
The aim of the short video is to spread the word—from politicians and policymakers all the way down to single mothers working paycheck to paycheck with little hope for a way out—that there is a better way to start rebuilding the dream and fulfilling the promise of a better tomorrow for our children and families, an approach that simultaneously addresses the needs of both children and their parents. You can view the video below or by going here.
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.
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce (GACC) and Austin Community College (ACC) Task Force convened to sketch out a blueprint for ACC that will take them forward through the next several years. RMC is providing input into ACC’s Progress Towards Excellence 2016 Report. The report aims to position ACC as a premier community college in the US and to better meet the needs of Central Texas business.
On Nov. 1st, Dr. Chris King hosted a Ray Marshall Center seminar on “Flexicurity in the EU” given by Professors Thomas Hastings and Jason Heyes of the Sheffield University Management School’s Work Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC), a research center aimed at generating and disseminating high-quality research “that has the potential to inform and shape academic debates and influence policy and practice.” The seminar was based on their paper titled “Farewell to flexicurity? Austerity and labour policies in the European Union” (see abstract below), which was first published in the Economic and Industrial Democracy journal in March 2016. You can view their presentation here.
Dr. King is part of the Sheffield University/University of Texas at Austin’s Study Abroad program that supports inter-university collaborations across the globe. He presented a seminar in March 2016 in England as part of this program.
Abstract: For the past decade the European Commission has urged EU member states to pursue ‘flexicurity’ policies aimed at achieving employment growth and social inclusion. However, the economic crisis and turn to austerity across the EU has presented the flexicurity model with a substantial challenge. Their paper argues that since 2008 labour policies across the EU have exhibited shared tendencies, but support for measures that might contribute to the achievement of the security aspects of flexicurity has been substantially weakened. In developing this argument, the paper presents findings from a cluster analysis and detailed investigations of labour policies in EU member countries. The paper also discusses the implications of the findings for comparative institutional analysis. Differences in the approaches of countries that are commonly treated as members of the same institutional family are highlighted, as well as similarities in the policies adopted by countries commonly associated with different ‘varieties’ of capitalism.
Dr. Thomas M. Hastings is a Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour at the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at Sheffield University Management School. He is also Associate Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). His research interests include economic geography, labour geography, labour process theory and labour market regulation.
Mr. Jason Heyes is a Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at Sheffield University Management School. His current research interests include labour market regulation and the changing structure of European labour markets.