Measuring the Effects of Multi-Modal Efforts to Strengthen Connections Between Parents and Social Support Services
(Family and Child Policy)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The first study provides a user experience assessment of the effects of the Work Support Strategies (WWS). The WSS was a five year, multi-state initiative to modernize and streamline the systems delivering work support services (i.e., Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and child care assistance). The goal of WWS was to help low-income families access and maintain the full package of work supports for which they are eligible by addressing administrative and logistic barriers to program access. This study integrates data from two waves of user surveys, focus groups with users, interviews with state and local workers, and administrative data to evaluate user experience and user perspectives on program accessibility and changes in the state-level work support programs over time.
The second paper examines the effects of outreach strategies aimed at addressing cognitive barriers to participation in parenting support programs in NYC preschools. Researchers partnered with a parenting support program that operates in over 20 NYC preschools and use a randomized design to integrate behaviorally informed messages into existing parent outreach strategies, delivered via print and digital platforms. This study integrates program attendance data with parent surveys and interviews to assess the effect of behaviorally-informed outreach on program attendance and to assess parents’ perspectives on the outreach strategies and program accessibility.
The third paper describes the process, challenges, and efficiencies associated with developing and using program data to efficiently connect new parents with social support services in their community. This paper is informed by practitioners’ experiences in the development of Durham Connects, a county-level universal nurse home-visiting program for parents of newborns that connects new parents with community support services – and the expansion of this program into seven urban and rural communities across the country.
The panel includes discussants who will provide expert practitioner and academic reviews of the lessons learned from these state and local initiatives to improve parents’ connections to social support programs, and of the applicability of these lessons to other program contexts.