This project examined the status of state efforts to integrate enrollment processes, data systems, and service delivery among health and human services programs. Research for this project identified technical assistance needs related to these integration…Continue

Status of State Efforts to Integrate Health and Human Services Systems and Data: 2016

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 Social Security Administration (SSA), will test the impact of offsetting earnings among SSDI beneficiaries above SGA after the trial work period on a 1 for 2 basis rather than stopping…Continue

The Division of Child Support (DCS) in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services contracted with MEF to evaluate its Building Assets for Fathers and Families (BAFF) initiative.  The goal of this federally…Continue

Building Assets for Fathers and Families – Washington State: Final Report
Building Assets for Fathers and Families – Washington State: Design Report

This project, for the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, involved analysis of the relationship between funding for state child support enforcement agencies and program performance. MEF used state-level, multivariate analysis to estimate the impact…Continue

MEF Associates is a subcontractor to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) on this project to help evaluate and identify the critical aspects of the ELMC initiative. The 18-month evaluation will use a mixed-method approach…Continue

Putting the Pieces Together: A Program Logic Model for Coaching in Head Start
The Descriptive Study of the Head Start Early Learning Mentor Coach Initiative 

Funded by Seattle City Council, this project involves an evaluation of Career Bridge, a city initiative seeking to assist individuals with multiple barriers to employment in attaining the skills and opportunities needed to access career…Continue

Evaluation of Career Bridge: Preliminary Report
Evaluation of Career Bridge: Final Report

MEF Associates conducted an evaluation of the Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) initiative, funded by the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund). In 2012, the CFE Fund launched a national replication of the FEC model…Continue

This project, funded by the Office of Community Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was an effort to bring together the Head Start, Child Care, and Assets for Independence communities to…Continue

Funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in DHHS, this project involved designing and implementing an evaluation of classroom-based strategies to improve children’s social-emotional competencies. The study randomly assigned 120 Head Start centers…Continue

A First Look at the Head Start CARES Demonstration: Large-Scale Implementation of Programs to Improve Children’s Social-Emotional Competence
Head Start CARES for Migrant and Seasonal Families: Adapting a Preschool Social-Emotional Curriculum

Funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, the purpose of this project is to develop design options for a research study of coaching that will provide…Continue

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act funded the HPOG program to provide education and training to low-income adults to prepare them for careers in healthcare. The Administration for Children and Families is funding a…Continue

The Division of Child Support in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services received a grant from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to build partnerships with universities to improve research capacity…Continue

Increasing Child Support Collections from the Hard-to-Collect: Experimental Evidence from Washington State

Funded by the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, the project is designed to gain and disseminate a clear, balanced, in-depth understanding of CEO’s goals, policies, and operations—and how and why those have changed…Continue

Poverty and Evidence-Based Governance: The New York City Center for Economic Opportunity

The Food and Nutrition Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture has contracted with the Urban Institute and its partner, MEF Associates, to examine the causes and costs of SNAP churning—the on-off-on cycling of SNAP…Continue

The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) is a neighborhood based strategy to connect at-risk youth to services and programs with the goals of reducing juvenile court referrals for violence and reducing suspensions and expulsions…Continue

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – Evaluability Assessment

To increase employment for individuals with disabilities, provide alternatives to cash assistance through the TANF program, and improve eligibility processing for SSI benefits, ACF and SSA have jointly commissioned the TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project. MEF…Continue

The Intersection of Welfare and Disability: Early Findings from the TANF/SSI Disability Project
Connections between TANF and SSI: Lessons from the TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project
The TANF/SSI Disability Transition Project: Innovative Strategies for Serving TANF Recipients with Disabilities

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