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Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Supporting Education Professionals

Education professionals in K-12 and higher education settings are at risk of leaving the profession, in part because of the stress and dissatisfaction from not being allowed to use their professional judgment to make sound educational decisions (Lewis et al., 2023).
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Costs and Benefits of Teacher Retention

The recent pandemic has contributed to a climbing number of teacher vacancies, though retention has long been an issue.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Child Care Access for Families with Non-Standard Work Hours

An estimated 43% of children in the United States have at least one parent with a non-standard work schedule, which often include irregular shifts. Professional child care providers typically do not offer services outside of traditional weekday working hours or accommodate changing schedules on short notice, and may impose monetary penalties for unplanned schedule fluctuations.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 13: The Pandemic Perspective: Examining The Hardship Of Unemployment And The Pandemic Labor Market

As the nation begins to “reopen” and the economy begins shifting, many states have begun ending pandemic-era unemployment insurance benefits. For many, unemployment insurance was the only thing keeping them afloat following the unprecedented unemployment crisis at the beginning of the pandemic. And yet, despite the unbelievable numbers of unemployed workers in our country, the stigma of receiving unemployment insurance persists. We asked ourselves why, in a time of tremendous health and economic crisis, are we giving folks who need help a hard time? We know that research shows that many families and individuals are still out of work and struggling to afford adequate food and pay mortgages or rent. Like other topics we covered – childcare and food insecurity, for example – the pandemic has made it abundantly clear that our country’s systems are unsustainable and not enough to support the financial needs of families and individuals.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 12: The Pandemic Perspective: Revealing The Hidden Crisis Of Food Insecurity

According to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money or other resources. For example, this could mean cutting down on the number of meals or changing the types of food that you eat to save money.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 9: The Pandemic Perspective: The Local And State Government’s Response To COVID-19, The 2020 Election, And Everything In Between (Part 2)

As part of our new series, The Pandemic Perspective, we spoke with Commissioner Mike Pipe, Centre County Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Co-Chair of the Election Board of Centre County, and Dr. Chris Witko, Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Penn State University. This episode is the second episode of a two-part episode about this topic. Listen to Part 1 here.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 8: The Pandemic Perspective: The Local And State Government’s Response To COVID-19, The 2020 Election, And Everything In Between (Part 1)

For the second episode of our new series, The Pandemic Perspective, we spoke with Commissioner Mike Pipe, Centre County Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Co-Chair of the Election Board of Centre County, and Dr. Chris Witko, Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Penn State University. This episode is broken into two parts – we had a lot to talk about! – and will be released biweekly.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 6 – Examining Income Inequality In Pennsylvania: Why We Need More (And Better) Data

In this month’s episode, we spoke to Alexis Santos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, and David Saunders, Director of the Office of Health Equity for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, about different disparities throughout the Pennsylvania Commonwealth and how the lack of good data impacts what we understand about poverty and health inequities.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 5 – The Stigma Of The Opioid Crisis

What is there left to say about the opioid crisis that has not already been said? It’s claimed thousands of lives, torn apart families and communities, strained our country’s already fractured healthcare system, and cost the economy billions, perhaps trillions, of dollars. If burning a path through communities for the last twenty years was not enough, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many individuals and families to endure joblessness, potential homelessness, and other uncertainties, causing a spike in substance use and subsequently, overdoses.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 4 – The Chronic Crisis Of Housing

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and unemployment benefits for many Americans decrease significantly at the end of July, many Americans will be unable to pay rents and mortgages and may face eviction. Given the severity of this particular crisis, July’s episode focuses on multiple issues related to housing in America, like the lack of affordable housing and housing as a means to improve overall health and well-being. In this episode, we spoke to Bryce Maretzki, Director of Policy and Planning for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Selena Ortiz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration as well as Demography, at Penn State.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 2 – Aging In America: Challenges And Opportunities

For this month’s episode, we spoke to Penn State’s Marty Sliwinski, PhD, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Stephanie Cole, Director of Special Projects and Executive Assistant at the Office of the Secretary at Pennsylvania Department of Aging, about challenges and opportunities related to aging.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

African American Employment and COVID-19: Disparities and Compounding Risks

COVID-19 is an equal opportunity virus, but exposure to this virus does not take place in an equal opportunity context. Although only some states and counties provide COVID-19 cases and outcomes by race, the data available indicate that disparities are stark.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Influx of Refugees: State Challenges and Opportunities

Refugees face structural and cultural barriers associated with higher physical and mental health disparities, poverty, and uncertainty about their rights and legal status.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Collaborative Efforts for the Prevention of Family Violence

Due to issues of confidentiality that often prevent data and information sharing, the established bureaucratic process often doesn’t allow organizations to collaborate.
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #35

A Place to Call Home: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Homelessness Across Wisconsin
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Rhode Island Family Impact Seminar #1

Economic Well-Being of Rhode Island Families: The Promise and Practice of Two-Generation Approaches
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Missouri Family Impact Seminar #3

The Promise of Two-Generation Anti-Poverty Strategies: Existing and Emerging Evidence
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #32

The Science of Early Brain Development: A Foundation for the Success of Our Children and the State Economy
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Virginia Family Impact Seminar #4

Military and Veteran Families: Focus on Strategies for Sustainable Housing and Family Well-Being
Results First™
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Issue Brief

Better Programs, Better Results

Rigorous Quality Assurance Ensures that Washington State's Evidence-Based Programs Produce Expected Results
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #4

Evidence-Based Solutions to Poverty: Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visitation Program
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Iowa Family Impact Seminar #2

Iowa, Fertile Grounds for Growing Business: Attracting Businesses to our State
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Virginia Family Impact Seminar #3

Employment Opportunities and Workforce Development: Policies, Programs and Strategies for Virginia’s Families
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #2

Connecting Business to Innovative Strategies for Poverty Reduction: Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Investments
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Michigan Family Impact Seminar #16

Strengthening Michigan Family Finances: Policy Options for Weathering Tough Times
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Georgia Family Impact Seminar #3

Georgia Policy Opportunities: The Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Louisiana Family Impact Seminar #1

New Findings About an Innovative Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents Attending Louisiana Community Colleges
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Nebraska Family Impact Seminar #3

Welfare Reform: Promoting Parental Self-Sufficiency While Ensuring the Well-Being of Children
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #22

Medicaid: Who Benefits, How Expensive is It, and What are States Doing to Control Costs?
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Michigan Family Impact Seminar #10

Early Childhood Education and Care: An Economic Development Strategy for Michigan
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #5

Welfare Reform: Can Government Promote Parental Self-sufficiency While Ensuring the Well-being of Children?
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Briefing Event

Fostering American Entrepreneurship

Small businesses boomed during the pandemic and like many of us, have faced enormous pressure since (e.g., impact of inflation). America’s entrepreneurial spirit not only paves a way for innovation and growth; small businesses also account for nearly half of the American workforce and GDP.

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