Rethinking the Safety Net After the Great Recession
This working seminar brought together a small group of researchers, policymakers, Congressional and HHS staff, and state and local administrators interested in issues related to 'the safety net,' with a particular focus on issues related to the TANF program. This goal of this event was to facilitate open discussion about future research and policy directions. We examined how the safety net functioned during the recession and how programs and policies might best respond in the near term, given the high unemployment rates which are forecast. The agenda, recommended readings, and presentation slides may be found below.
This event was jointly sponsored by the National Poverty Center, which is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution. It was organized by Sheldon Danziger – National Poverty Center, Gordon Berlin - MDRC, Ron Haskins - Brookings Institution, and Donna Pavetti - Center on Budget Policy and Priorities.
Agenda and Recommended Readings
|10 AM||Introduction and Overview
Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution and Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan
|10:30 AM||The Role of the Safety Net in Alleviating Poverty During the Great Recession
Moderator: Sheldon Danziger
What lessons can be learned from the ARRA programs and policies?
What can we learn from ARRA that we should carry into the future?
TANF Responded Unevenly to Increased Need during Downturn
Despite Deep Recession and High Unemployment, Government Efforts - Including the Recovery Act - Prevented Poverty from Rising in 2009, New Census Data Show
|12 PM||Lunch (provided)|
|12:30 PM||Assessing Our Investment: TANF Funding, Spending and Accomplishments in Good Times and Bad
Moderator: Gordon Berlin, MDRC
Spread too thin? Rethinking the Breadth and Scope of the TANF Block Grant
Improving TANF's Ability to Respond to the Recession: Redesigning the Contingency Fund
United States TANF Spending Factsheet
|2 PM||Maintaining a Focus on Work When Unemployment is High
Moderator: Donald Oellerich, ASPE
Job Opportunities for Less-Educated Workers
How can state programs provide employment
NCP Choices: Finding Work, Staying Employed, and Paying Child Support
Put Illinois to Work Evaluation: An Early Look
The Poverty Puzzle
Moderator: Ron Haskins
Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution and Eloise Anderson, State of Wisconsin
Creating Subsidized Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Parents: The Legacy of the TANF Emergency Fund
Transitional Jobs: Background, Program Models, and Evaluation Evidence
Safety Net Effective at Fighting Poverty but Has Weakened for the Very Poorest
Are Working Wives the New Social Safety Net?