Westat Experts Discuss Pressing Topics at APPAM 2023

November 6, 2023

Disability employment, school success for men of color, nutrition assistance programs – Westat staff will discuss their insights on these timely issues and more during the Association for Public Policy and Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2023 Fall Research Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 9-11. This year’s theme is Policy that Matters: Making Public Services Work for All.

Westat is proud to sponsor the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meetup and the Student Mixer this year. Stop by our exhibit table to learn how our work in public policy supports new ideas and approaches to social issues. We’ll also be at the Career Fair so come and talk with us to explore potential careers.

Panels and Presentations

Westat and Westat Insight staff (names in Bold) and colleagues are leading the following presentations:

  • Panel – New Findings from Evaluations of Social Security Administration Programs and Policies

 Paper: Supported Employment Demonstration and Strategies for Inclusivity

 Author: Jarnee Riley

  • Panel – Strengths-Based Approaches for Studies with a Focus on Race

Organizer: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes

Discussant: Jarnee Riley

Paper: Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemplations on Race within the Context of Randomized Control Trial of Higher Education Men of Color Initiative

Authors: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Rashida Welbeck, Michelle Manno

Paper: Pathway to College Achievement: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Male Student Success Initiative for Men of Color

Authors: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Michelle Manno, Oscar Cerna, Erika Lewy, Edith Yang, Amanda Marin-Lawrence

Paper: Reframe: Centering the Strength of Black Voices in Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs

Authors: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Bright Sarfo, Lorraine Perales, Sundjata Ayo

  • Panel – New Perspectives on Programs and Policies to Support the Employment of People with Disabilities

Paper: Do IPS and Wraparound Support Services Improve Employment and Clinical Recovery for Denied Social Security Disability Applicants with a Mental Impairment?

Authors: Jeffrey Taylor, Mustafa Karakus, Jarnee Riley, David Salkever, William Frey, Howard Goldman, Jocelyn Marrow

  • Panel – Making Social Security Disability Programs Work for Applicants and Beneficiaries: Individual Experiences and Options

Paper: Service Needs of People Reporting Primary Psychiatric Impairments on an Unsuccessful Application for Disability Benefits

Authors: Jocelyn Marrow, Tamara Daley, Jeffrey Taylor, Jarnee Riley, Mustafa Karakus, Howard Goldman, William Frey

  • Panel – Nutrition Assistance Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Understand Impacts and Experiences

Discussant: Kathy Wroblewska

  • Panel – Accessing Employment-Related Benefits: Lessons from Unemployment Insurance, Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans, and Family and Medical Leave

Organizer: Allison Hyra

Discussant: Joseph Gasper

Paper: Worker Access to Employer-Sponsored Retirement Savings Plans

Author: Allison Hyra


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