Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium

To fill gaps in family self-sufficiency research, stability research, and data activities, and to complement its ongoing research, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families launched a multidisciplinary Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium (known as the consortium) in 2013, funded for five years (through 2018). The consortium’s mission was “to improve the lives of low-income families and children through better policies and practices by integrating research, policy, and practice on family self-sufficiency and stability; by engaging federal, state, and local actors in meaningful conversations and supporting them to be better producers and users of data; and by doing path-breaking, rigorous, and relevant research on contemporary questions related to family self-sufficiency and stability.” The consortium consisted of three parts: (1) the Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research project, led by Mathematica Policy Research; (2) the Scholars Network, a multidisciplinary collaborative of seven university-based scholars; and (3) the Data Center, which provided technical support to states on high quality data management, linkage, and analysis.

These publications have been produced by members of the consortium and are solely the responsibility of the authors. They do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or Mathematica Policy Research.