CFRP Director Cynthia Osborne Presenting at 2014 NCSEA Policy Conference

CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, is in D.C. this week to share her expertise in program evaluation and in paternity issues at the 2014 National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA) Policy Conference. The conference theme, “Putting Policy into Action for the Modern Family,” is right in line with the work we do at CFRP.

Dr. Osborne is presenting at two relevant sessionsSystematically Evaluating Impacts of Policy and Operational Changes in the IV-D Program and New Frontiers in Paternity Establishment. See below for full descriptions, and click here for the full conference program. We hope you get to see her. To learn about what CFRP is doing in these areas - go to our Research page.

Systematically Evaluating Impacts of Policy and Operational Changes in the IV-D Program (Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 1:30-3:00 pm EST)

The story of the IV-D program is one of innovation and change. But how do programs determine the value or impact of innovations? How does a state know when it makes sense to evaluate a program innovation or policy change? What kind of evaluation methods should be used? What are reasonable evaluation costs? Who should do the evaluation? What have state programs learned from working with evaluators/researchers? Consider this plenary a free policy evaluation “consultation” with a panel composed of nationally recognized social science researchers with extensive IV-D experience Their presentation will be facilitated by Washington State IV-D Director, Wally McClure - who will draw on his experience working with university and private research organizations to keep it real and relevant for IV-D program administrators The panel will address some of the general questions about policy and program evaluation and provide examples from some recently completed studies, but the primary focus will be in responding to evaluation topics picked by NCSEA Policy Conference attendees through a pre-conference survey.

  • Moderator: Wally McClure (Washington)
  • Speakers: John Topagna (ECONnorthwest), Maria Cancian (University of Wisconsin), Cynthia Osborne (The University of Texas at Austin-Child and Family Research Partnership); Jessica Pearson (Center for Policy Research)
  • Follow up Plenary III with three breakout workshops that will do a “deep dive” into recently completed and newly launched research/evaluation on three big policy issues: paternity establishment, NCP employment programs and moving NCPs out of the underground economy And provide your input on a new, major fatherhood research effort funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

New Frontiers in Paternity Establishment (Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 3:15-4:30 pm EST)

Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity -twenty years have passed since its inception – a conversation about its impact on children and families is long overdue Join nationally recognized experts as they discuss the latest research findings and a cutting edge program designed to give every newborn a “Bright Start.”

  • Moderator: Mary Morrow (Illinois)
  • Speakers: Cynthia Osborne (The University of Texas at Austin- Child and Family Research Partnership); John Topagna (ECONorthwest)

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