|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.|
|Principal Investigator:||Dan O’Shea, MA
Co-principal Investigator Heath J. Prince, PhD
|Sponsor:||Housing Authority of the City of Austin|
|Project Duration:||January 2013 – December 2013|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center has been awarded a contract to conduct a detailed process analysis of the Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program administered by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA). The ROSS Program supports Priority One programs that connect public housing residents with workforce development and supportive services available through community-based partnerships. The evaluation will include a detailed examination of client flow, services, partnerships, and outcomes, as well as forms and procedures for client intake, initial assessment, case management, and program performance measurement. The ROSS Services Delivery Assessment Report will be completed June, 2013. Heath Prince and Dan O’Shea are serving as co-principal investigators for the project.|
|Reports Available:||Assessing the Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency Program of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Authors: Dan O’Shea and Heath Prince
Date: August 2013
Publication Type: Report, 38pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD
|Sponsor:||Texas Office of the Attorney General, Office of Child Support Enforcement|
|Partner:||Child and Family Planning Research Partnership|
|Project Duration:||June 2011 – August 2016|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center is conducting a program evaluation to measure the impacts of the Integrated Child Support System (ICSS) that requires those getting divorced or separated to be referred to the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for IV-D child support services. Operating under a waiver from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in 17 counties, the ICSS changes the default action from opt-in to opt-out in order to increase participation in IV-D services, raise child support compliance, and avoid the accumulation of child support debt.The evaluation will report on child support compliance over time, including amount of payment and stability of payment as well as enforcement actions taken, cost effectiveness, and reasons parents choose to opt out.Researchers will conduct the waiver evaluation using a combination of random assignment and comparison site evaluation designs to measure the impacts of the waiver at statewide and county-level operational scales in Texas. The evaluation will use multiple data sets, including OAG administrative records data for determining child support case characteristics, child support obligations, collections, and enforcement actions; Unemployment Insurance (UI) quarterly wage records, U.S. Census data, county level child support data, and other data sources.|
|Reports Available:||Texas Integrated Child Support System: Final Evaluation Report
Authors: Daniel Schroeder and Ashweeta Patnaik.
Date: August 2016
Publication Type: Report, 113pp.
|Principal Investigators:||Christopher T. King, PhD and Tara Smith, MPA
|Sponsor:||TG Public Benefit Program|
|Research Partners:||E3 Alliance|
|Project Duration:||October 2011 – August 2012|
|Description:||In partnership with E3 Alliance, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is participating in the Central Texas College Access and Persistence Program Evaluation. The evaluation seeks to increase regional capacity to provide critical and effective support to traditionally underrepresented college students to help ensure that they enter college and persist in their studies through completion. The project has two primary goals: 1) to increase Austin College Access Network (ACAN) member awareness of the nature and breadth of college access and persistence services offered in Central Texas and identify service gaps; and 2) to increase the capacity of ACAN member organizations for program evaluation and continuous improvement activities.
Under the project, RMC will:
|Reports Available:||Central Texas College Access and Persistence Program Evaluation: Outcomes and Impacts Summary Report
Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date: January 2013
Publication Type: Report, 72pp.Initial Evaluation Findings: Central Texas College Access and Persistence Programs
Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date: May 31, 2012
Publication Type: Report, 47pp.
Information Brief: Common Definitions
The Ray Marshall Center’s 2010-2011 project with the Austin College Access Network, as well as available reports, are accessible via this link: ACAN – “Staying Powers” Project
|Principal Investigators:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD and Ashweeta Patnaik, MPH|
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service|
|Research Partners:||The Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore, University of Chicago, University of Kentucky, Georgia State University, and W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research|
|Project Duration:||April 2010 – September 2018
|Description:||The goals of the ADARE-SNAP study will be to 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 to demonstrate by state-specific approaches and accomplishments how analyses based on longitudinal files of linked confidential state administrative data files can be replicated in other states, and extended and refined by the partners in the consortium states.The Ray Marshall Center will link longitudinal files of administrative records – SNAP administrative data, UI benefits data, and State UI wage records – to understand the sequencing of SNAP and UI applications, factors affecting the duration of SNAP and UI benefits, and the extent to which these patterns of outcomes are affected by the recession.|
|Principal Investigator:||Deanna T. Schexnayder|
|Sponsor:||TG Public Benefit Program|
|Research Partners:||E3 Alliance|
|Project Duration:||December 2010 – July 2011|
|Description:||In partnership with E3 Alliance, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is participating in the Austin College Access Network (ACAN) college persistence project entitled “Staying Powers: Building College Persistence for our Most Challenged Students.” The project’s goal is to conduct a program to enhance the collaboration of participating organizations in the Austin College Access Network to improve college persistence for the region’s low-income and first-generation students at several area colleges and universities. In particular, the program will help establish data capabilities and provide resources for engaging higher education partners to develop shared programming to improve retention.Under the project, RMC will:
|Reports Available:||Development of a Student Tracking System for ACAN Participants
Authors: Deanna Schexnayder, Patty Rodriguez, and Greg Cumpton
Date: January 2012
Publication Type: Report, 9pp.
The Ray Marshall Center’s 2011-2012 project with the Austin College Access Network, as well as available reports, are accessible via this link: ACAN
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Foundation for Child Development|
|Project Duration:||April 2011 – June 2016
|Description:||In partnership with the Foundation for Child Development, the Ray Marshall Center is implementing a Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative. This project seeks to create and promote the field of “dual-generation” strategies, those in which children simultaneously participate in high-quality early and primary education (PreK-3rd) while their parents participate in leading-edge workforce development and education programs ultimately leading to long-term learning and economic success for low-skilled, low-income families in the United States. The goals of the project are to improve the understanding of dual-generation strategies among policymakers, researchers, and funders, as well as foster the implementation of dual-generation strategies at the federal and state levels. The project potentially has four (4) phases, the first two of which FCD is funding through the Center:
The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national private philanthropy in New York City dedicated to promoting a new beginning for American education from PreKindergarten through Third Grade (PreK-3rd). PreK-3rd Grade Education is a seamless learning continuum, connecting high-quality PreK programs with high-quality elementary schools, to create a well-aligned primary education for all our nation’s children. The Foundation promotes the well-being of children, and believes that families, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governments at all levels share complementary responsibilities in the critical task of raising new generations.
|Reports Available:||Promoting Two-Generation Strategies: A Getting-Started Guide for State and Local Policy Makers (Revised and Updated)
Author: Christopher T. King, Cynthia J. Juniper, Rheagan Coffey, and Tara C. Smith
Date: August 2016
Publication Type: Report, 55pp
Austin Two-Generation Pilot Project Evaluation – UWGA
Promoting Two-Generation Strategies: A Getting-Started Guide for State and Local Policy Makers
Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative Research Brief
Investing in Children and Parents: Fostering Dual-Generation Strategies in the United States
|Principal Investigator:||Deanna Schexnayder, MBA|
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Texas Health and Human Services Commission (formerly Texas Department of Human Services)|
|Research Partner:||Texas Health and Human Services Commission (formerly Texas Department of Human Services)|
|Description:||Using random assignment in sites around the state of Texas, this evaluation project analyzes the net impact of time limits, the personal responsibility agreement, increased resource limits and other features of the 1995 Texas welfare reform legislation (HB 1863) on a number of outcomes. Impacts of these reforms will be measured for the following client and family outcomes: welfare dynamics, economic self sufficiency, participation in workforce development services, education and immunization of children, access to subsidized child care, and use of child protective services. Net impacts will be measured over a five-year period.|
|Reports Available:||Achieving Change for Texans Demonstration Waiver Evaluation: Net Impacts Through December 1997
Authors: Deanna T. Schexnayder, Jerome A. Olson, Daniel G. Schroeder, Alicia Betsinger, and Shao Chee Sim
Date: December 1998
Publication Type: Report, 69pp.
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Final Summary Report
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Final Summary Report (presentation)
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Final Impact Report
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Final Process Evaluation Report, by the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Project Management, Texas Department of Human Services (January 2003). For printed copies, contact Debora Morris, Texas Department of Human Services, (512)438-3353.
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Understanding Time Limits: Supplement to the Final Process Evaluation Report, by the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Project Management, Texas Department of Human Services (January 2003). For printed copies, contact Debora Morris, Texas Department of Human Services, 512/438-3353.
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Texans Who Receive a One-time Benefit: The Year After, by Laura Lein, Karen Douglas, Susan Jacquet, Audrey Steiner, Greg Ellis, and Veronica De La Garza, Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin (January 2003). For printed copies, contact Debora Morris, Texas Department of Human Services, (512)438-3353.
Achieving Change for Texans: Evaluation of the Texas Welfare Reform Waiver: Texans Who Timed Out of Welfare: The Year After, by Laura Lein, Karen Douglas, Audrey Steiner and Greg Ellis, Center for Social Work Research, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin (January 2003). For printed copies, contact Debora Morris, Texas Department of Human Services, (512)438-3353.