The Consortium: 2016 Year in Review

Stimulating Self-Sufficiency and Stability Scholarship, OPRE Report 2017-25
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Mar 30, 2017
Jonathan McCay and Sarah Lauffer

Key Findings:

  • Members of the Scholars Network continued their research—individually and collectively—in 2016 to address gaps in the policies, programs, and existing research regarding family self-sufficiency and stability.
  • The Data Center made significant progress in 2016 toward engaging state partners in its mission to increase the availability and quality of data for family self-sufficiency research.
  • Mathematica Policy Research, through Project AWESOME, partnered with several state and local human service agencies in 2016, supporting practitioners in their efforts to make evidence-based decisions and improve the quality of services.
This brief highlights the Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium’s individual and collective efforts to improve the lives of low-income families and children by integrating research, policy, and practice on family self-sufficiency and stability. The consortium consists of three parts: (1) the Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research project, led by Mathematica Policy Research; (2) the Scholars Network, a multidisciplinary collaborative of seven university-based scholars; and (3) the Data Center, which provides technical support to states on high quality data management, linkage, and analysis.