Project Overview

Objective

To provide evaluation-related support and capacity building to 20 Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development (FSSDD) grant recipients. 

Project Motivation

ACF is committed to building evidence through strong evaluations and identifying approaches that more efficiently and effectively serve families and children with low incomes. The goal of this work is to build the research and evaluation capacity of human services organizations through the provision of technical assistance.

Partners in Progress

  • The Adjacent Possible
  • Dr. Tanisha Tate Woodson

Prepared For

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Mathematica and TAP have been building the capacity of 20 human services organization to help them achieve their research goals and ultimately better serve families with children with low incomes.
In 2021, OPRE awarded 20 Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development (FSSDD) grants to support the planning for and execution of evaluation-related activities. The FSSDD grantees operate many different types of programs, (including those focused on economic security, employment, family well-being, housing, home visiting, and immigrant and refugee services) for families who are eligible for or at risk of becoming eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The FSSDD grant recipients are working with Mathematica and its partner The Adjacent Possible™, or TAP, to build their capacity to conduct research and evaluation, use data to improve program outcomes, demonstrate the value of their programs to stakeholders, and ultimately, contribute to the evidence base on interventions serving families with children with low income. Through individualized one-on-one coaching, the SEEDS team is helping grant recipients develop logic models, define the core components of their programs, identify implementation strategies, create measurement and monitoring tools, test new approaches using road tests, carry out rapid cycle experiments, design rigorous evaluations, and/or disseminate findings to key audiences. Throughout the project, the SEEDS team is coordinating FSSDD cross-grantee meetings, learning communities, and other cross-site support to foster learning and collaboration among grant recipients.

Related Staff

Annalisa Mastri

Annalisa Mastri

Director, Business Development

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Julia Lyskawa

Julia Lyskawa

Senior Researcher

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Michelle  K. Derr

Michelle K. Derr

Founder and CEO of The Adjacent Possible, LLC

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Lindsay Ochoa

Lindsay Ochoa

Researcher

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Rachel Aucott

Rachel Aucott

Researcher

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Bess Fleischman

Bess Fleischman

Program Manager

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Brittany English

Brittany English

Senior Researcher

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Ella Gifford-Hawkins

Ella Gifford-Hawkins

Managing Consultant

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Armando  Yañez

Armando Yañez

Researcher

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Andrew Krantz

Andrew Krantz

Research Analyst

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Miranda Kharsa

Miranda Kharsa

Researcher

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