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  • Individual Author: Benton, Amanda; Dunton, Lauren; Khadduri, Jill; Walton, Douglas
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

    These PowerPoints are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). The Homeless Families Research Briefs project uses data from a large randomized controlled trial, the Family Options Study, to answer questions that are of interest to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This panel included presentations on three aspects of homeless families that may help HHS ensure that the agency’s programs and policies are used to assist families that have experienced homelessness in becoming self-sufficient. Amanda Benton (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) moderated this session. Various methodologies were used across the presentations. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Sherman, Erin ; Secrist, Amy; Gidwani, Suman; Storey, Douglas; Leifer, Jess
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2018

    Motivation: Baltimore City experiences one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Although a large percentage of pregnant women in Baltimore are Medicaid recipients, they often do not take-up pregnancy and postpartum support services that are available with an appropriate referral. Particularly for high-risk pregnancies, this can lead to adverse birth outcomes. To begin accessing these services, Medicaid-eligible patients must have a prenatal risk assessment (PRA) form filled out by their provider. Without this form, women with high risk pregnancies may not be referred to services such as insurance assistance, WIC, home visits by social workers, and smoking cessation assistance. Intervention: In collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and other partners in the B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) initiative, a package of behavioral interventions was randomized across prenatal care practices in Baltimore. The set of interventions included the...

    Motivation: Baltimore City experiences one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Although a large percentage of pregnant women in Baltimore are Medicaid recipients, they often do not take-up pregnancy and postpartum support services that are available with an appropriate referral. Particularly for high-risk pregnancies, this can lead to adverse birth outcomes. To begin accessing these services, Medicaid-eligible patients must have a prenatal risk assessment (PRA) form filled out by their provider. Without this form, women with high risk pregnancies may not be referred to services such as insurance assistance, WIC, home visits by social workers, and smoking cessation assistance. Intervention: In collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and other partners in the B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) initiative, a package of behavioral interventions was randomized across prenatal care practices in Baltimore. The set of interventions included the following components: 

    • Checklist: The PRA Checklist includes execution notes for the 3 steps required to successfully complete a PRA: talking points for speaking to a patient about the PRA, steps and specific filling number for the PRA, and fax number for faxing the PRA.
    • Feedback: Three quarterly feedback reports were used to compare how many PRAs an office completed in comparison to offices like it. They provided a visual image (smiley face or exclamation point) to indicate whether the office was doing better or worse than its peers. Additionally, practices who had not submitted any PRAs in the previous year received a report indicating that they need to submit PRAs to appropriately serve their patients.
    • Testimonials: Patient testimonials included quotes from mothers who had benefitted from services referred through the PRA. They highlighted stories of mothers and babies with positive health outcomes as a result of services like home visiting and cribs. Testimonials will be sent to all treatment offices via email at intervals of 1-2 months.
    • Information: A website was developed which provides a quiz that allows clinics to see how many of the standard PRA procedures they are/are not following. The website also has a list of behaviorally informed best practices that we developed based on site visits and advice from BHB/BCHD.

    Methodology: Data collection will occur between March-September 2018 with the primary outcome being the number of PRAs submitted by each practice. Cluster randomization is used to identify effects in 25 control clinics compared to 27 treatment clinics throughout the city. Results: The results, available by September 2018, will show whether this combination of peer comparison and informational interventions can impact providers’ PRA submission rates, referral rates to prenatal and postpartum support services, and the rate of accepted services by Medicaid-eligible women. Conclusion: The results of this experiment will determine whether social and informational efforts impact PRA take-up and increase support-service access for pregnant Medicaid-eligible women in Baltimore. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Wood, Michelle; Bell, Stephen; Dunton, Lauren
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the design and implementation of the Family Options Study, which examines the effects of alternative housing and services interventions for homeless families.

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the design and implementation of the Family Options Study, which examines the effects of alternative housing and services interventions for homeless families.

  • Individual Author: Fishman, Mike
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the findings from an implementation study of four separate training programs for long-term unemployed workers. This presentation discusses the policy context, evaluation overview, ready-to-work grantee programs, and key findings of the study.

    This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the findings from an implementation study of four separate training programs for long-term unemployed workers. This presentation discusses the policy context, evaluation overview, ready-to-work grantee programs, and key findings of the study.

  • Individual Author: Martinson, Karin; Copson, Elizabeth; Schneider, Glen; Elkin, Sam; Sarfo, Bright; Kappil, Tresa; Ma, Claire; Morrison, Carly; Nakas, Audra
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    A key challenge facing policymakers and program administrators is how to develop effective strategies to help Americans facing economic challenges, particularly the long-term unemployed, to succeed in the labor market. During the deep recession of 2008-2009, an unprecedented number of workers lost their jobs and many remained under- or unemployed, even as the economy recovered. Identifying what strategies that can help them regain their economic footing has been a priority, with a particular interest in employment in higher-paying middle- and high-skill jobs that are in demand by American businesses.

    As part of this effort, in 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funded the Ready to Work (RTW) Partnership grant program that is the focus of this report. RTW grants went to partnerships of workforce agencies, training providers, employers, and other organizations, to improve the employment prospects of the long-term unemployed by providing a range of customized services including training and job search assistance. The intent of the RTW grant program is to establish...

    A key challenge facing policymakers and program administrators is how to develop effective strategies to help Americans facing economic challenges, particularly the long-term unemployed, to succeed in the labor market. During the deep recession of 2008-2009, an unprecedented number of workers lost their jobs and many remained under- or unemployed, even as the economy recovered. Identifying what strategies that can help them regain their economic footing has been a priority, with a particular interest in employment in higher-paying middle- and high-skill jobs that are in demand by American businesses.

    As part of this effort, in 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funded the Ready to Work (RTW) Partnership grant program that is the focus of this report. RTW grants went to partnerships of workforce agencies, training providers, employers, and other organizations, to improve the employment prospects of the long-term unemployed by providing a range of customized services including training and job search assistance. The intent of the RTW grant program is to establish programs that might prove effective in preparing U.S. workers for employment, particularly in occupations and industries being filled by foreign workers through the H-1B visa program. In 2014, DOL awarded four-year grants totaling $170 million to 23 grantees, with individual awards ranging from $3 to $10 million.

    DOL's Employment and Training Administration, in collaboration with the Chief Evaluation Office, sponsored a rigorous evaluation of the RTW grant program. The evaluation includes an implementation and impact study and is being conducted by Abt Associates and its partner MEF Associates. In consultation with DOL, the evaluation team purposively selected four grantees for study based on their program design and scale.

    This report documents early findings from the evaluation's implementation study of the four grantees. For each grantee, the report describes the design and operation of its grant-funded program components, including staff guidance, occupational training, employment readiness and job search assistance, work-based training, and other services individualized to each participant's needs and skill gaps. The report also presents key findings related to the implementation and operation of the programs. Future reports will examine the effectiveness of the four grantee programs individually in improving participants' education and employment outcomes. (Author abstract)

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