|Principal Investigator:||Ashweeta Patnaik, MPH
|Sponsor:||Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, University of Notre Dame
|Project Duration:||April 2018 – December 2020
|Description:||The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame is examining the impact of an innovative comprehensive case management program, the Padua ™ Program, created by Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW). The program is designed to permanently lift people out of poverty. It addresses the fact that the disadvantaged face complex, multifaceted, and interrelated challenges by offering a new approach that considers the whole person and his or her environment by providing (a) detailed needs assessment, (b) wrap-around case management, and (c) financial resources. LEO is conducting a study to examine through a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation whether this innovative intervention improves the well-being of low-income individuals.
The Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is supporting LEO in its research by linking data on Padua program participants to administrative data on employment, wages, TANF participation and SNAP participation. RMC will help LEO evaluate the impact of assignment to the Padua intervention on TANF and SNAP participation, as well as on employment and earnings.
On February 13, 2018, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced a grant of $191,790 to KLRU for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness locally. The station will work with partners in Central Texas* to assess workforce challenges and opportunities and produce content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow. The new grant represents the next phase of public media’s successful American Graduate initiative, which was launched in 2011 to address the nation’s dropout rate. During the past six years, public media stations across the country forged community connections and innovative partnerships to help improve student outcomes – substantially contributing to an increase in the national high school graduation rate to an all-time high of 84 percent.
*The Ray Marshall Center is proud to be one of the local partners, joining Austin Community College, the Office of the Mayor of the City of Austin, Travis County Judge’s Office, and Workforce Solutions Capital Area in the grant.
To read more about the initiative, CPB, and KLRU, please see the KLRU Press Release on American Graduate.
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has issued their December 2017 Project Brief 18. The case study detailed in the brief is part of the UNRISD research project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South and investigates the root causes of persistent youth unemployment in the selected Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries and examines the steps being taken by national and international actors to address these challenges. RMC Director and Research Scientist Dr. Heath Prince is a collaborating member of the research team along with former RMC alum Amna Khan and Yara Halasa of Brandeis University. You can view the brief here.
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.