The AFI program funds Individual Development Accounts and financial education, with the goal of increasing savings and asset accumulation by low-income families. This project, for the Administration for Children and Families, is a random assignment…Continue

Building Savings for Success: Early Impacts from the Assets for Independence Program Randomized Evaluation

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement awarded grants to eight states to design and implement interventions as part of the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services (BICS) project. The sites will use insights from…Continue

Funded by the Administration for Children and Families, this project, led by MDRC, involved applying behavioral insights to issues related to operations, implementation, structure, and efficacy of social service programs and policies. The projects demonstrates…Continue

Taking the First Step: Using Behavioral Economics to Help Incarcerated Parents Apply for Child Support Order Modifications
Framing the Message: Using Behavioral Economics to Engage TANF Recipients
Simplify, Notify, Modify: Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Incarcerated Parents’ Requests for Child Support Modification

This project, funded by the Administration for Children and Families, builds on the success of the earlier Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project. Led by MDRC, BIAS Next Generation will expand the use of…Continue

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) was awarded a Workforce Innovation Fund grant to implement an Individual Placement and Support model of supported employment services for TANF participants and other individuals impacted by disabilities. It…Continue

The Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) is a national study that partners with responsible fatherhood programs to test the effectiveness of current and new strategies to support parenting skills, co-parenting, and employment among disadvantaged fathers.…Continue

MEF Associates is leading this project that will explore key policy questions in the child support field and develop a long-term child support research agenda. Project activities include planning and convening a Roundtable consisting of…Continue

Funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, this project will implement long-term (36- and 72-month) follow-up studies to the Federally-sponsored Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact…Continue

The public workforce system is facing the challenge of supporting veterans with disabilities in developing job skills and ultimately, securing stable employment in the civilian economy. DOL is also exploring the feasibility of evaluating the…Continue

The Center for Urban Families (CFUF) has contracted with MEF Associates to conduct a randomized control trial of its “Developing all Dads for Manhood and Parenting” (DAD MAP) fatherhood curriculum. CFUF received a grant from…Continue

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration provided about $40 million in operational funding to seven programs targeting disadvantaged noncustodial parents and/or formerly incarcerated individuals. All of the grantees participated in a random assignment…Continue

The Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration: Implementation and Early Impacts of the Next Generation of Subsidized Employment Programs

In an effort to expand registered apprenticeship in the United States, the Obama Administration launched the
 American Apprenticeship Initiative providing $175 million in five-year grants to 46 grantees across the
 country. To understand the operation…Continue

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is funding a study to determine whether H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants have bolstered the skills of the American workforce in industries and occupations that currently…Continue

Implementation of the H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants: Grantee Characteristics and Experiences Providing Employer-Based Training

As part of the effort to help train low-income individuals for health care occupations that pay well and will be in high demand the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and…Continue

The Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) project seeks to increase parents’ compliance with child support orders by using procedural justice principles to increase trust and confidence in their processes and to reduce the use…Continue

Local and tribal TANF agencies, human services agencies, and workforce investment partners benefit from ongoing training and technical assistance to improve their knowledge base and effectively use available resources to improve employment barriers for the…Continue

MEF Associates is leading this project that seeks to better understand poverty and the safety net system. The project, funded by the Administration for Children and Families, involves two separate studies: one study focuses specifically…Continue

States have implemented different models to provide cash assistance and related services to newly arrived refugees through Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), TANF, and other associated programs. The Administration for Children and Families is funding a…Continue

Understanding the Intersection Between TANF and Refugee Cash Assistance Services: Findings from a Survey of State Refugee Coordinators

Funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, this new study will examine how different dimensions and thresholds of quality in early childhood classrooms relate to children’s…Continue

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