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Improving outcomes among employment program participants through goal attainment: A conceptual framework

Individual Author: 
Anderson, Mary Anne
Kauff, Jacqueline F.
Cavadel, Elizabeth W.

Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are increasingly interested in the role that self-regulation and goal attainment may play in the ability of low-income adults to get and keep a job. Findings from three broad areas of research fuel this interest. The first suggests that setting and pursuing goals, which can foster positive outcomes in a variety of contexts, requires the ability to self-regulate emotions, thoughts, and behavior (Deci and Ryan, 2000).

The effects of a criminal record on employment, welfare participation, and health: A model of long-run behaviors and outcomes when lagged variables are missing non-randomly

Individual Author: 
Fu, Ning
Gilleskie, Donna B,
Kneipp, Shawn
Schwartz, Todd
Sheely, Amanda

The authors study the collateral consequences of women's criminal records on their future employment, welfare participation, and health outcomes. We jointly estimate dynamic structural equations for life-cycle behaviors (employment, school enrollment, and welfare receipt), criminal offenses, and general and mental health outcomes using a cohort of disadvantaged women surveyed at five non-uniform intervals over thirteen years.

Informal child care in Detroit

Individual Author: 
Thomas, Jaime
Hossain, Mynti
Johnson, Cleo Jacobs
Siddiqui, Nazihah
Osuoha, Amaka
Balke, Patrick

In November 2016, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) began a year-long initiative to support child development in Detroit, Michigan. The Hope Starts Here: Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership initiative was designed to reduce vulnerabilities caused by economic and social inequity through community engagement, stakeholder collaboration, and research. As part of this initiative, WKKF partnered with Mathematica to conduct a review of the informal child care landscape in Detroit.

Family voices: Piloting a new qualitative measure of family engagement for Head Start and Early Head Start staff and families

Individual Author: 
Aikens, Nikki
Bandel, Eileen
Akers, Lauren
Lyskawa, Julia
Jerald, Judith

This methodological report focuses on the development of qualitative instruments designed to better understand family engagement in Head Start and Early Head Start. The report draws on pilot data collected during the 2012-2013 program year and provides information about the performance of the piloted interview protocols, revisions made to instruments based on their performance, and the best methods for gathering qualitative information about family engagement experiences from families and staff in future studies.

Vocational rehabilitation: A bridge to self-sufficiency for youth who receive supplemental security income?

Individual Author: 
Hoffman, Denise
Hemmeter, Jeffrey
Bailey, Michelle S.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are presumed eligible for vocational rehabilitation services and youth who receive SSI may access those services as they prepare for the transition from school to work. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) is intended to help youth with disabilities become employed and maintain employment and thereby lessen their reliance on disability benefits in adulthood.

Wise guys: Implementing a boys-only teen pregnancy prevention program in Davenport, Iowa

Individual Author: 
Kisker, Ellen
Murphy, Lauren
Wood, Robert G.

This brief highlights key findings from the implementation of Wise Guys - a comprehensive sex education program designed specifically for males - in seven Davenport, IA area middle schools during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. (Author abstract)

Implementing a teen pregnancy prevention program in rural Kentucky

Individual Author: 
Shapiro, Rachel
Wood, Robert G.

This brief highlights key findings from the implementation of an adapted version of Reducing the Risk, a comprehensive sex education program. The program was delivered by health educators in relatively low-income, mostly rural, high schools in the Barren River and Lincoln Trail District Health Departments in Kentucky during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. (Author abstract)

Helping noncustodial parents support their children: Early implementation findings from the Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) evaluation

Individual Author: 
Paulsell, Diane
Noyes, Jennifer L.
Selekman, Rebekah
Klein Vogel, Lisa
Sattar, Samina
Nerad, Benjamin

In fall 2012, the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration Project (CSPED) to identify effective approaches to enabling low-income noncustodial parents to pay their child support. OCSE competitively awarded grants to child support agencies in eight states to provide enhanced child support, employment, parenting, and case management services to noncustodial parents having difficulty meeting child support obligations.