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Jul 12, 2017

Op-ed by James Ziliak Featured on the Huffington Post

Op-ed by James Ziliak Featured on the Huffington Post

An op-ed written by James Ziliak was recently featured on the Huffington Post.  The article, "SNAP Works", discusses the effectiveness of SNAP as public assistance program in light of recently proposed legislation designed to limit spending on public assistance. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” by Congressman Jim Jordan and Senator Mike Lee is designed to curtail spending on SNAP and increase work requirements for recipients.  Ziliak argues these work requirements put excessive burden on single parent households and are "based on the false premise that too many [households with children] are receiving benefits for too long and without work. The evidence does not support this claim."  The full article may be read here.

Photo credti: Huffington Post

Jul 06, 2017

James Ziliak Co-Edits Volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

James Ziliak Co-Edits Volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

A new volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, co-edited by James Ziliak of UKCPR, is now available.  The volume (Vol 672, Issue 1) is titled "The Rural-Urban Interface: New Patterns of Spatial Interdependence and Inequality in America," and examines the disparities in inequality, and social, economic, and political hierarchies between rural and urban America.  The volume, based on a conference co-organized by UKCPR in 2016, also documents the fluidity of rural-urban boundaries and the implications for research programs and public policy.  More information about the volume may be found here.

Photo credit: The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Jun 22, 2017

UKCPR Co-Organizes "Deep Poverty in the United States" Conference, June 27-28

UKCPR Co-Organizes "Deep Poverty in the United States" Conference, June 27-28

UKCPR is co-organizing the conference "Deep Poverty in the United States" with the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the Urban Institute, June 27-28, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.  The conference is designed to identify those in deep poverty and the issues they face.  The conference allows researchers and practitioners interested in poverty issues to form connections and identify possible opportunities and implications for policy, practice, and research.  For more information, please see the attached agenda.

Jun 01, 2017

UKCPR Announces Grantees for Research on Food Security Using the PSID

UKCPR Announces Grantees for Research on Food Security Using the PSID

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, is pleased to announce the competitive awarding of five grants totaling $200,000 for the study of household food insecurity using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).  This initiative focuses on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth.  More information about the funded projects may be found here.

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 MarketplaceVox, and The New York Times 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.  The New York Times quotes Ziliak's findings on the effectiveness of the Appalachian Regional Commission in reducing poverty, a program eliminated  under the budget proposal.  To listen to the Marketplace report, please click here.  To read the full article on Vox, please click here.  For The New York Times article, 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.

Nov 22, 2016

James Ziliak featured on Vox.com

James Ziliak featured on Vox.com

James Ziliak was recently featured on Vox.com discussing the sufficiency of SNAP benefits in the context of the 2016 general election.  To read the full article, please click here.

Photo credit Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images.

Sep 22, 2016

UKCPR to co-organize 20th anniversary of welfare reform conference with Brookings Institution

UKCPR to co-organize 20th anniversary of welfare reform panels 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 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.

Jul 13, 2016

James Ziliak wins NSF award for Kentucky Research Data Center

James Ziliak wins NSF award for Kentucky Research Data Center

James Ziliak to be Executive Director of the new NSF-funded Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC).  The KRDC will be the lead Federal Statistical Research Data Center in the East-Central Region of the country, and will be a collaboration between Indiana University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Louisville.  More information about the KRDC can be found here.

Photo credit: UK Now 2016.

Jun 20, 2016

James Ziliak Featured on Vox.com

James Ziliak Featured on Vox.com

James Ziliak, Carlos Lamarche, and Robert Paul Hartley recently featured in a welfare reform restrospective on Vox.com.  To read the full article, please click here.  

Photo credit:  Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images, Vox.com 2016.

Danni Haycock and her mother Amelia Houser, TANF recipients, in February 2008, as the Great Recession began.

Jun 13, 2016

UKCPR Announces 2016 FoodAPS Grantees

UKCPR Announces 2016 FoodAPS Grantees

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is pleased to announce the competitive awarding of three grants totaling $150,000 dollars as part of our initiative Understanding SNAP, Food Security, and Geographic Factors in Food Purchase and Acquisition Decisions. The focus of this initiative is to provide rigorous research that utilizes data from the FoodAPS National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey to expand our understanding of household food behaviors and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program including (1) the issues of benefit adequacy, diet quality, cost of a healthy diet, and food security, and (2) the role of the local food environment and other geographic factors.  In addition to the FoodAPS data, geographically linked data on the local food environment and food prices compiled as part of the FoodAPS Geography Component (FoodAPS-GC) are available for awardees.  Underwriting for the competition was generously provided by the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

May 10, 2016

Southern Economic Journal Features UKCPR Childhood Food Insecurity Research

Southern Economic Journal Features UKCPR Childhood Food Insecurity Research

Funded research from UKCPR's Research Program on Childhood Hunger is now featured in a special issue of the Southern Economic Journal.  To view the issue, please click here.  

Photo credit:  SEA, 2016

May 04, 2016

James Ziliak to Present on Strengthening SNAP at Hamilton Event

James Ziliak to Present on Strengthening SNAP at Hamilton Event

James Ziliak to release a new proposal on strengthening SNAP.  The proposal is to be released by The Hamilton Project at Brookings Insitution during a half day's event that also includes speakers such as the former Treasury Secretaries Rubin and Summers, as well as former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Alan Blinder.  The policy forum Strengthening the Safety Net to Mitigate the Effect of Future Recessions is held May 23, 2016, and more information on the event can be found here.  

Photo credit:  The Hamilton Project, 2016.

May 03, 2016

James Ziliak Appears on NPR's Marketplace Morning Report

James Ziliak Appears on NPR's Marketplace Morning Report

James Ziliak appears on NPR's Marketplace Getting Enough Food is Still a Problem for Many Americans to discuss food insecurity.  The report by Feeding America points to a persistent food insecurity problem.  For a link to the full article, please click here.

Photo credit:  NPR Marketplace, Stephen Chernin/Getty Images 2016.

Apr 25, 2016

UKCPR and Feeding America Release RFP

UKCPR and Feeding America Release RFP

Feeding America, in cooperation with The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), will competitively award grants to qualified individuals to provide rigorous research that utilizes Map the Meal Gap (MMG) to expand our understanding of (a) the geographic distribution of food insecurity and its consequences and (b) locally-focused policy interventions that can be used to alleviate food insecurity. All projects must use one or more years of data from MMG. This may be supplemented with data from other sources, including the county-level price indices compiled by Nielsen and other data available at the county or congressional-district level. We anticipate awarding up to three grants at a maximum award ceiling of  $30,000 each. This opportunity is generously underwritten by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.  For a direct link to the RFP, please click here

Date of RFP Announcement: April 26, 2016

Due Date for Requested Letter of Intent: May 25, 2016

Due Date for Applications: June 30, 2016