Author Archives: Social Policy Research Associates

Connecting Older Adults to Benefits Programs

This blog was written by Anne Paprocki of Social Policy Research Associates. By providing support for healthcare expenses and food, public benefits programs like the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help low-income older adults stay healthy, self-sufficient, and in their homes. But multiple studies have found that eligible older adults under-enroll in these programs due to stigma, belief that others are more deserving, the perceived burden of applying, or difficulty following complex application and eligibility processes. The National Continue reading →

Job Training for the Automation Age

This blog was written by Annelies M. Goger, Ph.D. of Social Policy Research Associates. The global economy is on the cusp of profound economic shifts stemming from the diffusion of new technologies – such as robots, self-driving vehicles, and machine learning – and the impacts they are likely to have on the US economy and the world as a whole. The oft-cited Ball State University report from 2013 found that 88% of job displacements in manufacturing in the last decade were attributable to automation (productivity Continue reading →

Evidence in Action: Connecting Workforce Innovation Fund Evaluation Results to the Implementation of WIOA

This blog was written by Hannah Betesh of Social Policy Research Associates. It originally appeared on America Forward and has been cross posted in full below: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) was one of several tiered-evidence initiatives introduced by the Obama administration—including the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund and the Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) fund—all of which supported the refinement, scaling and evaluation of promising approaches to improve the social, education and economic outcomes for low-income Americans. Through three rounds of Continue reading →

Upskilling Dislocated Manufacturing Workers in Michigan

This blog was written by Heather Lewis-Charp of Social Policy Research Associates. Macomb County Michigan made national headlines after the 2016 presidential election, because the characteristics and voting choices of its electorate were perceived to have been key to the outcome of one of the most fiercely contested elections in recent memory. The results highlighted the negative influence that the shifting manufacturing economy has had on working class men in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. In many ways, Macomb County, home to General Motors, Continue reading →

#All4Evidence

Determining “what works” in social policy is at the heart of SPR’s work. Evidence—as uncovered through evaluation—is critical to improving policies and programs designed to help those most in need. To share our perspective on the importance of evidence-based policymaking and learn from others in the field, SPR recently participated in the #All4Evidence Twitter chat. Continue reading →

Join Us at AEA 2015!

Join  SPR at the 2015 American Evaluation Association Conference! This year, SPR will be hosting 8 presentations ranging from cultural competence in evaluation to utilizing social network analysis to assess equity networks. For more information, please check out our announcement. Sessions are also listed below.   1310:Assessing Program Fidelity in Education and Workforce Programs: Tools and Lessons Learned Thu, Nov 12, 2015 (07:00 AM – 07:45 AM) Heather Lewis-Charp [Senior Associate – Social Policy Research Associates] Antoinnae Comeaux [Associate – Social Policy Research Associates]   2672:Fostering Cultural Continue reading →

Strengthening the Domestic Violence Field in California

In 2010, domestic violence (DV) service organizations in California faced considerable economic and political upheaval. One of the most significant DV public funding programs in California was cut, thus forcing agencies to close or lay off staff and mobilize emergency fundraising and advocacy campaigns. The DV field was at a critical juncture, with both challenges and opportunities for moving forward. Additional challenges included a sense of isolation, increasing executive transitions, and the more complex needs of diverse populations experiencing DV in California. In response, in Continue reading →

Building a “Smart” Talent Pipeline

Although research consistently points to the pivotal role that talented teachers play in student learning, school districts and charter management organizations (CMOs) face immense challenges in attracting and retaining high quality teachers. For instance, teacher turnover in many high-need schools is significant, in part, because young, energized teachers feel that they lack a voice within the school or the authority to bring about real change. Other obstacles to teacher retention include lack of meaningful professional development, limited opportunities for career advancement, and lack of recognition—in Continue reading →