Events and Conferences (2019)

July

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Jul 11, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Progress Together: Becoming Data Driven

Join Mathematica on July 11, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. as we bring together leaders from a variety of sectors to discuss the challenges of becoming data driven and offer action-oriented, accessible advice on how organizations can take their first steps, or their next steps, to progress together.

June

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Jun 12, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Understanding the Power of Long-Term Impact Evaluations

International development programs are designed to make lasting and positive improvements in the health, education, and income of disadvantaged people around the world.

Location: Online

Date: Jun 05, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Serving Medicaid Beneficiaries Who Need Long-Term Services and Supports: Better Outcomes at Lower Costs

In the past two decades, many federal and state Medicaid initiatives have been designed to rebalance the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system by increasing access to home and community-based services (HCBS) in order to reduce the use of expensive institutional care.

May

Location: Online

Date: May 16, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Webinar: Preparing Leaders to Make a Difference for Students and Schools

Recognizing that school leaders play a critical role in school performance, states and districts are rethinking how they prepare principals. But this retooling of preparation programs raises a number of important questions: What skills do new principals need? How can we identify aspiring principals with the potential to develop those competencies? And how can we use these insights to improve the training of leaders at all levels of the system, from teacher leaders to principal supervisors?

Location: Online

Date: May 13, 2019 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

REL Webinar: Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations

The goal of the webinar is to expand local and state leaders’ knowledge of teacher survey instruments to enhance the evaluation of school leaders.

April

Location: Online

Date: Apr 24, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Webinar: Strengthening Principal Preparation Through On-the-Job Training

A key challenge for policymakers is creating a pipeline of principals who are prepared to serve as instructional leaders. Districts often use the assistant principal position as a training ground for new principals. Yet little is known about how to design and implement on-the-job training opportunities that prepare assistant principals to serve as principals.

Location: Online

Date: Apr 17, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learn about the work of six Children’s Bureau grantees who seek to prevent homelessness among youth and young adults with child welfare histories – the Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) grantees.

Featured speakers included:
Catherine Heath from the Children’s Bureau
Cay Bradley from Mathematica
Andrew Burwick from Mathematica

Location: Online

Date: Apr 11, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In selected states, youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families could take advantage of innovative services and improved service coordination through the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) demonstration. Early findings on the implementation of PROMISE and its impacts on youth and families during the first 18 months after enrollment provide interesting insights for federal and state partners seeking to help youth with disabilities transition successfully to adulthood.

PROMISE is a cross-agency effort led by the U.S. Department of Education that includes the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor. Six PROMISE programs operating in 11 states implemented unique models that included agency-level partnerships, case management, benefits counseling, financial literacy training, career- and work-based learning experiences, and parent training and information. Learn more about the evaluation of PROMISE by visiting the project webpage.

Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy hosted a webinar on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from noon to 1:30 p.m., to discuss insights from the PROMISE evaluation. Topics included the following:

• The landscape of transition services for youth with disabilities and the challenges that youth and families face in accessing those services
• Different approaches used by the PROMISE programs to address service-system challenges and improve transition outcomes
• Findings from the 18-month PROMISE impact evaluation
• Perspectives on evaluation findings from the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration

Speakers will include the following:

• Gina Livermore, Mathematica (moderator)
• Todd Honeycutt, Mathematica
• Jackie Kauff, Mathematica
• Arif Mamun, Mathematica
• David Emenheiser, U.S. Department of Education (discussant)
• Joyanne Cobb, Social Security Administration (discussant)

March

Location: Online

Date: Mar 14, 2019 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Single parents are required to cooperate with child support enforcement activities to be eligible for some public assistance programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid. But for other assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, states have the flexibility to design policies that best meet the needs of their residents. Given renewed interest in expanding mandatory cooperation requirements, Mathematica and the National Conference of State Legislatures hosted a webinar on March 14, 2019, from 2 to 3 p.m. focused on using research and lessons from the field to better inform policy considerations about this topic.

Throughout this discussion, webinar attendees (1) heard directly from state legislators, (2) gained a better understanding of the key policy features of child support cooperation requirements, (3) learned about existing research and new research called for in the recently passed 2018 farm bill, and (4) reviewed challenges states face in implementing cooperation requirements.

Our expert presenters included the following:

• Lauren Antelo, Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (moderator)

• Meghan McCann, senior policy specialist, NCSL

• Rebekah Selekman, researcher at Mathematica

• Erin Frisch, Title IV-D director for Michigan and director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support

• Representative Peggy Webb, Montana State Legislature

February

Location: Online

Date: Feb 07, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

New Evidence of the ACA’s Effect on People with Disabilities: Health Insurance, Employment, and Benefits

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 changed several aspects of the law concerning access to health insurance that were particularly salient for people with disabilities. These changes included removing limits on preexisting conditions, extending parent’s health insurance coverage of young adults until the age of 26, expanding Medicaid to more adults with low incomes, and making it easier to obtain affordable coverage outside the traditional employer-sponsored benefit system.

January

Location: Washington, DC, and Online

Date: Jan 24, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nothing About Us Without Us: How the Need for Cultural Responsiveness is Changing Research

There is increased awareness and urgency within the research community to ensure that evaluation and assessment practices are sensitive to the cultures of people who are most impacted by those practices. Driven by changing demographics and the increasing complexity of problems that researchers and communities seek to address, new efforts are underway to develop research practices that better account for the unique perspectives and needs of the communities being studied. But there is hardly consensus on what culturally responsive research actually means or, more broadly, what implications such approaches could have on evidence-based policies and programs.