What's New from the Welfare Reform Academy
Welfare States Amid Economic Turmoil: Adjusting Work-oriented Policy [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 [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
Testimony of Douglas J. Besharov before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov
The Global Budget Race [PDF]
Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
JPAM Classics: Poverty, Welfare, and Public Policy - Introduction [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Income Transfers Alone Won’t Eradicate Poverty [PDF]
By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call
Lessons from the 2008–2009 Recession: Response to Plotnick [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?” [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 [PDF]
      Implications for Federal Policy
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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