Researchers Speak: Insights about Family Stability and Self-Sufficiency, A Viewer's Guide

Researchers Speak: Insights about Family Stability and Self-Sufficiency, A Viewer's Guide

Published: Oct 26, 2018
Publisher: Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium
Associated Project

Project AWESOME: Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research

Time frame: 2012-2018

Prepared for:

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


Scott W. Allard

Greg Fabiano

Colleen Heflin

Jodi Sandfort

Valerie Uccellani

Key Findings

Key Findings:

  • The shifting geography of poverty in metropolitan America has important implications for the anti-poverty safety net.
  • Meeting basic needs gives families a foundation that helps move them forward on the path to self-sufficiency.
  • Working with whole families, including fathers and father figures, can make a positive difference.
  • Attending to how organizational and program resources are directed is a central responsibility of managers.
Researchers often have valuable insights for program leaders and policymakers. However, their research is typically presented in formats and contexts that don’t speak directly to those who can make the best use of it. With these short videos (about 3 minutes long each), we seek to bring relevant, timely research to everyone interested in reducing poverty and increasing family stability in the United States. Each video offers a few critical messages. Our hope is that these videos, and this viewer’s guide, provoke your thinking, expand your dialogue, and give you ideas for how to strategically advance your work.

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