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What's New from the Welfare Reform Academy
Summer Institute on Program Evaluation
CEU, Budapest, Hungary, July 18-22, 2016  
Testimony on Labor Activation European Practices, House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, November 17, 2015 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Discouraging Marriage: The hidden cost of means-tested government benefits,The Weekly Standard, September 21, 2015 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Neil Gilbert
Marriage Penalties in the Modern Social-Welfare State, R Street Policy Study, September 2015 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Neil Gilbert
A Focus On Results, Accenture, September 2015 [PDF]
Gary Glickman and Douglas J. Besharov
Declining Labor Force Participation and the Expanding Social Safety Net, 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation, August 2015 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Social Impact Bonds, Pay-for-Success, and Education Programs
University Club, Tuesday, July 14, 2015  
Reconceiving SNAP: Is Nutritional Assistance Really Income Support? Research on Social Work Practice, June 15, 2015 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Testimony on SNAP, House Committee on Agriculture, February 25, 2015 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Implementing the SNAP Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Levels, April 10, 2014 [PDF]
Co-Sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the Secretary's Innovation Group, Hosted by Mathematica Policy Research
Recent Developments in Labor Activation in Denmark, December 5, 2013 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Recent Developments in Disability Policy in the Netherlands, November 26, 2013 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Recent Developments in Labor Activation in the United Kingdom, September 9, 2013 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Testimony on the War on Poverty, U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Budget, July 31, 2013 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Teaching in Today's Global Classroom: Policy Analysis in Cross-National Settings, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Summer 2013 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Jennifer Oser
Testimony on Labor Activation Policies in the OECD, House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, February 28, 2013 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Testimony on the Use of Technology to Improve Administration of SSI, House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, July 25, 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Social Impact Bonds: What's the buzz about?, May 11, 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
Inside a Social Impact Bond Agreement - Exploring the Contract Challenges of a New Social Finance Mechanism, May 3, 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
Defining Terms in a Social Impact Bond Agreement, May 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
Social Impact Bonds and Government Contracting, May 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
Fact Sheet: Social Impact Bonds - A Brief Introduction to a New Financing Tool for Social Programs, April 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
Social Impact Bonds 101, March 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
What Are Social Impact Bonds?, March 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov, Jitinder Kohli, and Kristina Costa
‘Pay-for-Success’ Bonds Gain Adherents, February 2012 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Jitinder Kohli
Welfare States Amid Economic Turmoil: Adjusting Work-oriented Policy, Policy & Politics, 2011 [PDF]
Neil Gilbert and Douglas J. Besharov
Testimony of Douglas J. Besharov on TANF before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, September 8, 2011 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Testimony of Douglas J. Besharov before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, April 7, 2011 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
The Global Budget Race, Autumn 2010 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
JPAM Classics: Poverty, Welfare, and Public Policy - Introduction, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, October 8, 2009 [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Income Transfers Alone Won’t Eradicate Poverty, The Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2009 [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Lessons from the 2008–2009 Recession: Response to Plotnick, The Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2009 [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Presidential Address — From the Great Society to Continuous Improvement Government: Shifting From “Does It Work?” to “What Would Make It Better?”, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 28, No. 2, March 2009 [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
The Expansion of WIC Eligibility and Enrollment: Good Intentions, Uncontrolled Local Discretion, and Compliant Federal Officials [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Testimony on Building a Foundation for Families: Fighting Hunger, Investing in Children, U.S. Congress, House Budget Committee [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Not Enough “Change” in the Stimulus Bill [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Head Start Falls Further Behind [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Presidential Address — From the Great Society to Continuous Improvement Government: The Hopes of an Impatient Incrementalist (As Delivered) [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Two Cheers for American Welfare Reform - Lessons Learned, Questions Raised, Next Steps [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
The New Kindergarten: The case for universal pre-kindergarten isn't as strong as it seems [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Forum: Preschool Puzzle: As State after State Expands Pre-K Schooling, Questions Remain [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Craig Ramey
Social Welfare Conservatism [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Poverty Update: The Long-Term Story behind the New Numbers [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
The Right Kind of Hand Up [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
UMD/AEI Poverty Tabulator User's Guide (Draft) [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov, John Coder, and Gordon Green
Nonpoor Children in Head Start: Explanations and Implications [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Jeffrey S. Morrow
The Rio Grande Rises [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Federal and State Child Care and Early Education Expenditures (1997-2005): Child Care Spending Falls as Pre-K Spending Rises [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov, Caeli A. Higney, and Justus A. Myers
Cost Per Child for Early Childhood Education and Care: Comparing Head Start, CCDF Child Care, and Prekindergarten/Preschool Programs (2003/2004) [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov, Justus A. Myers, and Jeffrey S. Morrow
Testimony on Measuring Poverty in America, U.S. Congress, House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Giving Head Start a Fresh Start [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Caeli A. Higney
Testimony on Early Care and Education, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Head Start: Mend It, Don't Expand It [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Caeli A. Higney
Head Start: Reply to Barnett and Currie [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Caeli A. Higney
Beyond the Safety Net: A Brief Review Forty Years after the War on Poverty [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Rethinking Child Care Research
Douglas J. Besharov and Jeffrey S. Morrow, eds.
Federal and State Child Care Expenditures (1997-2004): Rapid Growth Followed by Steady Spending [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Caeli A. Higney
Two Cheers for Welfare Reform [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Poor America [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Child Care Data in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP): Inaccuracies and Corrections [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov, Jeffrey S. Morrow, and Anne Fengyan Shi
Head Start's Broken Promise [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov
Full-Engagement Welfare in New York City: Lessons for TANF's Participation Requirements [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis
Reconsidering the Federal Poverty Measure [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis
The Role of Career and Technical Education: Implications for Federal Policy [PDF]
By Marie Cohen and Douglas J. Besharov
Toughening TANF [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis analyze likely state responses to Congressional proposals reauthorizing the 1996 welfare reform law.
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
Child abuse training videos available. CEUs available.
 
Family Well-Being After Welfare Reform [PDF]
Since 1994, welfare rolls have decreased by almost 60 percent nationwide. Are low-income children and their families better off—or worse off—after welfare reform? This volume explores concerns across a broad range of areas, identifying the relevant data sets, surveys, and other materials that could aid this assessment. Authors include Richard Bavier, Harold S. Beebout, Douglas J. Besharov and Peter Germanis, Richard J. Gelles, Julia B. Isaacs, Lorraine V. Klerman, Wendy D. Manning, Peter H. Rossi, Patricia Ruggles and Matthew Stagner, Isabel V. Sawhill, Lawrence W. Sherman, and John C. Weicher


The Welfare Reform Academy is an educational institution designed to help state and local officials, private social service providers, and other interested parties understand best practices in dealing with poverty and child welfare issues. The Welfare Reform Academy is a project of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.
 


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