10/28/2011 - RMC Experts Presenting Research at APPAM Conference Next Week

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Ray Marshall Center researchers Drs. Chris King, Bob Glover, and Daniel Schroeder will participate in the 2011 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference taking place in Washington D.C, Nov. 3 - 5. On Nov. 3, Dr. King will serve as the panel discussant alongside Sarah Williams from the U.S. Department of Labor at the noon-time panel titled "Use of Market Mechanisms for Employment and Training Services" featuring research from several experts in the field.

In the Nov. 4 panel “Improving Evidence on Workforce Development Program Performance for Policymakers”, two papers which Dr. King co-authored will be presented by colleagues. The first paper titled “How Effective Are Workforce Development Programs? Implications for U.S. Workforce Policies” co-written with presenter Dr. Carolyn Heinrich from the University of Texas’ Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs looks at programs that encompass workforce development, examines the evidence and conventional wisdom on the effectiveness of workforce development programs, provide arguments that challenge the conventional wisdom and the approaches that have been applied in measuring the effectiveness of workforce development interventions. King and Heinrich conclude by summarizing the arguments and evidence in support of an alternative view that counters the conventional wisdom and finds that workforce development works. The paper is a revised version of the research they presented at the Ray Marshall Center's 40th Anniversary Symposium last October.

The second paper titled “Evidence on the Implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Workforce Development and Unemployment Insurance Provisions,” co-authored by Dr. Rich Hobbie from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Dr. Burt S. Barnow from GeorgeWashington University, and several other researchers, measures progress and challenges in implementing the workforce and Unemployment Insurance (UI) provisions of the Recovery Act, highlights new and promising practices, and provides guidance to the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), states, and local workforce investment areas.  

Dr. Daniel Schroeder’s presentation
is scheduled for the Nov. 4  panel titled Social Safety Net Transitions to Employment: Policy Analysis of Great Recessions. His presentation will review “Interactions between SNAP and UI before and during the Great Recession”. In his research, Dr. Schroeder analyzes the interactions between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and UI benefits programs in the state of Texas from 2006 through 2010, and explores the extent to which the dynamics of the two programs changed in response to the great recession.

On Nov. 5, Dr. King will present a paper co-authored with Ray Marshall Center research colleagues Dr. Bob Glover and Tara C. Smith titled “Investing in Children and Parents: Fostering Dual-Generation Strategies in the United States” at the 10:15 AM panel session discussing The Prospects and Promise of Two-Generation Anti-Poverty Programs. The panel also features Drs. Hiro Yoshikawa (Harvard), Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Teresa Sommer (Northwestern), who are partnering with the Ray Marshall Center on its dual-generation strategy work in Tulsa.

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