|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:
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.
|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, MPA|
|Sponsor(s):||Centers for Disease Control|
|Project Duration:||August 2014 – August 2017
|Description:||The purpose of this work is to link food assistance and other related data from Texas with National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assist in policy planning in the United States. Data to be linked includes Texas Administrative Data Files (TADFs), Texas Food Stamp Program (FSP) records, Texas Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) files, and Unemployment Insurance (UI) files.
This work will be completed in two stages: the first stage of the work, which links data from 2005-2010, will be completed in 2015. The second stage of the work, which links data from 2011-2012, will be completed by August 31, 2016.
|Principal Investigator:||Kelly S. Mikelson, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||Center for Identity, The University of Texas at Austin|
|Project Duration:||October 2014 – March 2015|
|Description:||This 6-month project is funded by and conducted for the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin. The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), which is part of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, is conducting the evaluation led by Kelly Mikelson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Research Scientist, and Christopher T. King, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at RMC. Overall Objectives:
RMC researchers will be conducting in-depth in-person and telephone interviews with the Center for Identity’s key partners, employer representatives, and government agencies in Austin, Washington, DC, and four other cities nationwide. Researchers will be gathering information about education and training needs for identity management, security, and privacy. The information will be used to hone and further develop the Center’s MSIMS degree program and will culminate in a Final Report and recommendations in mid-April 2015.
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel Schroeder, Ph.D.
|Sponsor:||US Department of Agriculture
|Project Duration:||July 2012 to September 2016|
|Description:||The objective of this research is to gain a better understanding of the income trajectories of persons who have experienced job loss and the roles that Unemployment Insurance (UI) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) play in mediating income loss. The research will add to ERS’s understanding of the prevalence and severity of income volatility and how decreases in income associated with job loss may affect decisions regarding SNAP participation and duration of assistance, especially among the working poor. Research results can inform program and policy decisions regarding targeting of program outreach efforts, the interdependence of program budget needs between the nation’s two largest social safety-net programs during different portions of the business cycle, and how duration of available assistance is correlated with future earnings growth.|