MDRC Experts Presenting at Virtual Federal Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency in October


On October 13-15 and October 19-22, the Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency will be held virtually. The conference, which has convened regularly since 1998, is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Several MDRC experts will be featured (all times are Eastern):

Tuesday, October 13, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Next Generation of Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency: New Evidence from Two Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Experiments

  • Moderator: Kim Clum (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Nancy Forgue (Independent Consultant)
  • Denise Read (Monroe County Department of Human Services)
  • Rebecca Schwartz (MDRC)

Using Technology to Promote Enrollment, Engagement, and Learning in Human Service Programs

  • Moderator: Katie Pahigiannis (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Rebecca Behrmann (MDRC)
  • Ankita Patnaik (Mathematica)
  • Brian Doss (University of Miami)

Qualitative Inquiry of Needs and Resources for Families with Low Incomes: Insights from Three Studies

  • Moderator: Amelia Popham (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Marissa Strassberger (MDRC)
  • Rashmita Mistry (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Carol Hafford (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Thursday, October 15, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Combining Data to Understand TANF Populations and Outcomes: Key Considerations

  • Moderator: Nicole Deterding (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Emily Wiegand (Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago)
  • Lauren Frohlich (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Richard Hendra (MDRC)
  • Nicole Deterding (Administration for Children and Families)

Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

TANF On-the-Ground: Innovative Practices and Office Culture

  • Moderator: Lauren Deutsch (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Katie Eddins (Mathematica)
  • Riley Webster (MEF Associates)
  • Elizabeth Carver (Utah Department of Workforce Services) 
  • Carolyn Hill (MDRC)

Evidence-Building Strategies to Serve Youth Involved in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems

  • Moderator: Jan DeCoursey (Child Trends)
  • Erika Van Buren (First Place for Youth)
  • Sarah Hurley (Youth Villages)
  • Ahmed Whitt (Center for Employment Opportunities)
  • John Martinez (MDRC)

Making Behavioral Interventions Stick: Moving from Tests to Integration

  • Moderator: Victoria Kabak (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Yana Kusayeva (MDRC)
  • Michael Hayes (Administration for Children and Families)
  • Rachael Balanson (Cuyahoga County Office of Child Support Services)

Registration for the conference is free.