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NAWRS Event Staging – National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics
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a little about...


NAWRS is a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote
the exchange of ideas on how research and statistical
analysis can contribute to the development and
administration of effective human
services programs.

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NAWRS 2017

Moving Forward to Reduce Poverty, Increase Opportunity, and Improve Human Service Delivery

Program Chairs: Kristen Joyce, Mathematica Policy Research
Tony Ong, Public Consulting Group
Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2017
Workshop Date: July 30 – August 2, 2017
Location: William Penn Omni Hotel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A PDF of the Call for Proposals is available for download here.

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Newsroom and Events

NAWRS 2017 Call for Proposals

NAWRS 2017 Call for Proposals

Moving Forward to Reduce Poverty, Increase Opportunity, and Improve Human Service Delivery Program Chairs: Kristen Joyce, Mathematica Policy Research Tony...

In Memory: Michael Bono

In Memory: Michael Bono

We are saddened to share some difficult news with the NAWRS community. Michael Bono, cherished member of NAWRS, passed away on...

Onward to Pittsburgh!

Onward to Pittsburgh!

Mark your calendar! NAWRS 2017 is coming.William Penn Omni Hotel July 30-August 2, 2017  We will share a call for presentations and more...

Resources for Members

NAWRS is a community of learning and exchange. We have provided some resources that may be of interest to our members. If you have additional resources you would like us to share, please email us at NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com.

Research Academy

Since 2012, NAWRS has included a Research Academy designed to build the capacity of the state and local human service research community in its annual conference.  The Academy brings state and local administrators and researchers together with research and evaluation experts to discuss how to incorporate rigorous research methods, including random assignment experiments, into ongoing state and local efforts to improve and document the effectiveness of their programs.  The Research Academy typically includes sessions that:

  • Present examples of the use of rigorous research methods, including random assignment experiments, to obtain information on program effectiveness 
  • Highlight opportunities to use administrative data to support lower cost evaluation efforts
  • Undertake rapid cycle evaluations to support real-time decision-making
  • Engage participants in identifying current problems/issues that could be addressed by rigorous research
  • Discuss barriers to state and local sponsorship of rigorous research and supports needed to address those barriers

See Research Academy presentations at past workshops by checking out the Previous Workshops section.

Research Opportunities

OPRE Launches Evaluation of Coaching for TANF and Other Low-Income Populations

A new study launched by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation at the Administration for Children and Families will examine coaching-focused interventions oriented toward both job entry and retention for hard-to-employ TANF clients and other low-income populations.  The evaluation, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and Abt Associates, will document the design and implementation of coaching interventions and examine the effectiveness of using coaches to help low-income individuals work toward self-sufficiency. Findings from the study will build the evidence base on coaching-focused approaches and may help other organizations to replicate and enhance the most effective aspects of coaching.

What you can do:

Up to three programs will be selected to participate in the study.  If you are affiliated with, or know of, a program currently providing coaching-focused services that may be a good candidate for participating in the study and/or if you would like periodic updates on the study’s progress and findings, please contact us at coaching@mathematica-mpr.com.  For more information about the study, please visit our website.

Recent Publications of Broad Interest

Public Consulting Group. September 2016. The Zika Virus: Implications for Collaboration across Human Services Agencies and State Action Plans.

Urban Institute. October 2016. Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2015.

Research and Human Service Organizations


Previous Workshops

The first NAWRS workshop was in 1956 in Chicago. In all, researchers and administrators of the NAWRS community have gathered to discuss human services and poverty alleviation 55 times. Check out the program and presentations from our most recent workshops and trace the history of NAWRS from coast to coast.

2016 Virtual Workshop
2015 Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA
Workshop Program and Presentations
2012 NAWRS/NASTA Workshop, Baltimore, MD
Hosted by The Maryland Department of Human Resources
Workshop Program and Presentations
2014 Annual Workshop, Providence, RI
Workshop Program and Presentations
2011 Annual Workshop, Vail, CO
Hosted by the Colorado Department of Human Services
Workshop Program and Presentations
2013 Annual Workshop, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Public Consulting Group
Workshop Program and Presentations
2010 Annual Workshop, Los Angeles, CA 
Workshop Presentations


NAWRS Board of Directors

NAWRS is governed by an all-volunteer, elected board. Board members make planning, administrative, and business decisions for the Organization. Members contribute to the planning and operation of each Annual Conference. They participate in planning the program, identifying workshops, and selecting speakers and presenters. To find out more about how to get involved, contact us at NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com or visit the Get Involved section.

Kinsey Dinan (Aug 2017)
(929) 221-7349
President New York City Department of Social Services
150 Greenwich St., 42nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Theresa Anderson (Oct 2017)
(202) 261-5847
Vice President
Chair, Conference Organization Committee
The Urban Institute
2100 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Robin Register (Oct 2018)
(919) 527-6268
Secretary North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Social Services
2415 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Nancy Aguirre (Oct 2017)
(951) 358-7248
Treasurer County of Riverside
4060 County Circle Drive
Riverside, CA 92503
Robert Ek (Oct 2018)
(703) 305-2521
At-Large U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
George Falco (Oct 2017)
(518) 473-2539
Ex-Officio New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance
40 North Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12243
Mary Farrell (Oct 2018)
(703) 838-2723
Ex-Officio MEF Associates
99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 305
Alexandria, VA 22314
Kevin Henson (Oct 2017)
(304) 356-4529
Technology Lead
West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
Bureau of Children & Families
350 Capitol Street, Room 730
Charleston, WV 25301-3711
Kristen Joyce (Oct 2017)
(617) 715-6963
Co-Chair, Program Committee Mathematica Policy Research
955 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 801
Cambridge, MA 02139
Sarah Leopold (Oct 2017)
(303) 866-5762
At-Large Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Employment and Benefits
1575 Sherman Street #300
Denver, CO 80203
Karin Martinson (Oct 2018)
(301) 347-5726
Chair, Marketing and Volunteer Committee
Abt Associates
3504 Bradley Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Tony Ong (Oct 2017)
(617) 426-2026
Co-Chair, Program Committee
Public Consulting Group
148 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Kate Probert (Oct 2017)
(651) 779-5655
At-Large Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
2098 11th Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55109
Angela Rachidi (Oct 2017)
(202) 862-4874
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee American Enterprise Institute
1150 17th St NW, 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Emily Schmitt (Oct 2017)
(202) 401-5786
Federal Liaison U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW, 7th Floor West
Washington, DC 20447
Barbara Startz (Oct 2018)
(918) 439-2474
Chair, Finance and Budget Committee
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Oklahoma Child Support Services
2409 N. Kelley Avenue, Annex
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
LaTamera Woodley (Oct 2018)
(615) 313-5564
At-Large Tennessee Department of Human Services
Citizen’s Plaza, 3rd Floor
400 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243

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NAWRS is an all-volunteer organization that relies on the time and commitment of its membership. Joining a committee is one great way to support NAWRS’s mission of bringing together research and practice. The standing committees are:

  • Program Committee: Plan the program for the next NAWRS workshop
  • Marketing and Volunteer Committee: Maintain the public presence of NAWRS, engage members in Association developments and activities, reach out to potential volunteers for the Association, and connect volunteers with opportunities that align with their interests and the Association’s needs
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Work to develop a map for the future of NAWRS
  • Conference Organization Committee: Coordinate all logistics for the NAWRS workshop
  • Finance and Budget Committee: Strengthen NAWRS’ financial position through better practices for oversight and decision-making (Board members only)

Once you have some experience with NAWRS committees, you might consider running for a position on the Board. This “working Board” manages the Association and its activities. Members participate in monthly conference call meetings and attend annual or bi-annual in-person workshops. The benefits of being a Board member include close and direct contact with other research and evaluation professionals across the country and the ability to ensure representation of your state or organization in the planning of the NAWRS workshop. There are no monetary costs associated with Board membership beyond workshop attendance.

Are you interested? Reach out to NAWRSWorkshop@gmail.com and let us know a little about yourself and your interests! Thank you for supporting the NAWRS family.


Sponsoring organization are valuable supporters of NAWRS’s mission. Sponsors include research organizations, consulting and contracting firms, and other organization that want to get their name out there as steadfast supporters of the exchange of ideas and best practices in human services. You can view some of our most recent sponsors below. Sponsors are featured in the NAWRS workshop program and other marketing materials, receive space and support for tabling, are verbally acknowledged to workshop attendees by the NAWRS president, and are honored on the NAWRS website year-round. If you might be interested in sponsorship, contact NAWRS President Kinsey Dinan at dinank@hra.nyc.gov.


NAWRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association. The organization does not have an endowment and operates based on revenue from sponsors and workshop registrations. Donations support general Association operations and are tax deductible.

2017 Sponsors

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