Mar 07, 2017
TANF turns 20
A group of the nation's leading experts on welfare reform recently participated in a conference hosted by UKCPR and the Brookings Center on Children and Families. Analysts, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to discuss how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 changed the welfare landscape, and what the future of TANF might entail. Participants discussed the impact of welfare reform on caseloads and overall levels of assistance, and analyzed how successful TANF has been at promoting two parent families and incentivizing work. More information about the conference, along with a brief summary, can be found here.
Feb 03, 2017
Call for Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop applications
As part of the US Collarborative of Poverty Centers, the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Poverty Research and Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth invite applications from underrepresented populations to apply for the first annual Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop. The workshop will be held May 21-27, 2017, at Howard University and is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences. It will be led by faculty from Howard University and the Institute for Poverty Research at UW-Madison. Applications are due March 1, 2017. More information can be found here.
Jan 13, 2017
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, seeks research proposals on food security using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Research funded competitively under this announcement will focus on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth. It is anticipated that 5 grants at $40,000 each will be awarded.
Prospective researchers are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to UKCPR by Feb. 22, 2017, with full proposals due by March 29, 2017, at 5 p.m. For details on submission, suggestions for potential research questions, and proposal guidelines see the full request for proposals. Interested researchers may also contact UKCPR assistant director Jeff Spradling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-7641 for more information.
Dec 19, 2016
Call for Scholar-in-Residence Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in collaboration with the US Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) partner institutions, is now inviting applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations to apply for its Scholar-in-Residence Program for the 2017– 2018 academic year. Ph.D.-holding scholars at all career levels are eligible, and may visit UCKPR or any one of its CPC partners. More information may be found here.
Dec 13, 2016
James Ziliak's Congressional testimony featured in U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture report
James Ziliak's Congressional testimony was featured in the just released U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture report, "Past, Present, and Future of SNAP." The purpose of the report is to provide a better understanding of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) utilizes benefits to serve its population. More information can be found here.
Photo credit: U.S. Committee on Agriculture
Dec 13, 2016
UKCPR National Welfare Database Updated
Nov 22, 2016
James Ziliak featured on Vox.com
Sep 22, 2016
UKCPR to co-organize 20th anniversary of welfare reform conference with Brookings Institution
On September 22, 2016, UKCPR will be co-organizing and co-sponsoring a series of panels with the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution on the effects of welfare reform on child well-being, marriage and families, work and poverty, and state policy choices. The event will be webcast, with former Domestic Policy Adviser for President Clinton Bruce Reed and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich providing keynote speeches. More information can be found here.
Photo Credit: Brookings Institution
Sep 19, 2016
UKCPR partners with IRP to study poverty
UKCPR has been awarded a five year, $443,202 grant as part of the Collaborative of U.S. Poverty Centers (CUSPC) organized by the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin. Underwriting for the award is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which established the IRP as the new National Poverty Research Center. The funds will enable UKCPR to conduct research and organize conferences on deep poverty, self-sufficiency, and rural poverty, among other topics. Other CUSPC members include the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University, the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University, and the University of Washington West Coast Poverty Center. For more information, please see the IRP press release here.
Sep 09, 2016
UKCPR receives USDA grant for research on food insecurity using the PSID
UKCPR has received a $300,000 grant from the Economic Research Service in the US Department of Agriculture to sponsor and conduct longitudinal research on food insecurity in the United States using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the longest continuously running longitudinal survey in the world. A request for proposals will be released later in fall 2016.