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May 24, 2017

James Ziliak Discusses the Trump Budget Proposal on the Safety Net

James Ziliak Discusses the Trump Budget Proposal on the Safety Net

James Ziliak was recently featured on Marketplace and Vox discussing President Trump's budget proposal stipulations for safety net programs.  The President's budget plan includes cuts of $191 billion in SNAP benefits over the next decade, and would include work requirements for programs like Medicaid.   On Marketplace, Ziliak discusses how work requirements might affect families in parts of the country where unemployment is still high.  "If you impose a work requirement but there aren't really many jobs available, then that's kind of a double whammy," Ziliak said.  Ziliak also notes the responsiveness of SNAP to recessions in Vox, and its importance as an automatic stabilizer.  To listen to the Marketplace report, please click here.  To read the full article on Vox, please click here.

Photo Credit: Vox.com

May 22, 2017

Dissertation Research Funding Opportunity from OPRE/ACF/HHS

Dissertation Research Funding Opportunity from OPRE/ACF/HHS

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has published a funding opportunity announcement for grants to support dissertation research by doctoral students using behavioral science approaches to study questions related to social services programs and policies. These grants are intended to build the capacity of the research field to apply a behavioral science lens to issues facing low-income families and other vulnerable groups in the United States. 

The grants are available to scholars who are engaged in behavioral science research of relevance to ACF programs and populations. The maximum grant award is $25,000 per budget period, for either a 12- or 24-month project period.  Letters of intent are due by June 7, 2017 with full applications due July 3, 2017.  Details on submission, as well as suggestions for potential research topics, may be found here.  Interested applications may also email behavioralscholars@icfi.com or call (877)-350-5913.

May 17, 2017

James Ziliak to Discuss the Merits of a Targeted Child Safety Net

James Ziliak to Discuss the Merits of a Targeted Child Safety Net

James Ziliak will participate in a webinar to discuss a proposal that would convert the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to a refundable credit from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 17th. The webinar is a part of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty Webinar Series.  James will participate alongside Christopher Wimer of  Columbia University's Center on Poverty and Social Policy, who will discuss a plan for a Universal Child Allowance.  Registration for the webinar is open now, and more information on the webinar can be found here.

Photo Credit: UW IRP

May 04, 2017

Robert Paul Hartley Joins The Center on Poverty and Social Policy

Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University Launches Website

Robert Paul Hartley, a current UKCPR Graduate Research Fellow, will join The Center on Poverty and Social Policy, a new research center at the Columbia University School of Social Work, as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the fall. The CPSP is a member of the Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) organized by the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty, of which UKCPR is also a member.  CPSP recently launched its website, which showcases  work focusing on poverty and social policy issues in New York City and the United States, providing unique data, policy tools, and research products for policy makers and researchers.

Photo Credit: CPSP-Columbia University.

Mar 07, 2017

TANF turns 20

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

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

UKCPR funding opportunity using the PSID

UKCPR funding opportunity using the PSID

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 ukcpr@uky.edu  or 859-257-7641 for more information.

Dec 19, 2016

Call for Scholar-in-Residence Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

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 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

http://www.ukcpr.org/data

The UKCPR National Welfare Database has been updated with data through 2015, along with small additions and revisions.  More information, along with the data, is available here.