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Center on Labor, Human Services and Population


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Randomized Controlled Trials and Financial Capability: Why, When, and How (Research Brief)
Brett Theodos, Margaret Simms, Rachel Brash, Claudia Ayanna Sharygin, Dina Emam

Financial capability programs have proliferated in recent years, but rigorous research into which programs and methods are effective has not kept pace. Practitioners, policymakers, and funders are increasingly calling for rigorous financial capability research, including randomized controlled trial studies (RCTs), which can produce the highest standard of evidence. In April 2013, the Urban Institute and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hosted a roundtable on the benefits and challenges of financial capability RCTs. The group agreed that RCTs are most suitable for well-established and scalable programs. Frontline staff should be fully invested in the study and involved in designing implementation and data-collection strategies.

Posted to Web: June 30, 2014Publication Date: June 30, 2014

Linking Depressed Mothers to Effective Services and Supports: A Policy and Systems Agenda to Enhance Children's Development and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of the May 2013 Culminating Roundtable (Summary)
Christopher Lowenstein, Olivia Golden, Dina Emam, Marla McDaniel

Untreated maternal depression can have lasting consequences on children’s development and may harm their physical and mental health. While depression is one of the most treatable mental illnesses, far too few mothers, particularly low-income mothers, ever receive treatment or support. In Spring 2013, researchers at the Urban Institute convened a group of state and federal policymakers, researchers, policy experts, advocates, philanthropic funders, and practitioners to address this issue and identify promising opportunities for systems and policy change. What emerged were recommendations and practical next steps across and within systems for enhancing services to prevent, identify, and treat low-income mothers with depression.

Posted to Web: October 22, 2013Publication Date: October 03, 2013

How Health Care Reform Can Help Children and Families in the Child Welfare System: Options for Action (Discussion Papers/Low Income Working Families)
Olivia Golden, Dina Emam

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in March 2010 and taking full effect in January 2014, increases the number of people who have access to health insurance, simplifies insurance enrollment, and requires that benefits include substance abuse and mental health coverage, as well as medical services. All these changes, if implemented fully and carefully, would be particularly valuable for the highly vulnerable children and families in contact with the child welfare system. This paper considers the implications of the ACA on child welfare families, specifically on youth aging out of foster care, parents and guardians of children in (or at risk of entering) the child welfare system, and children already involved in the system. The authors also offer potential strategies for action by state and federal child welfare and health officials, philanthropic funders, and outside experts.

Posted to Web: June 13, 2013Publication Date: June 12, 2013


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