Design, Sites, and Data Sources
The design of the interventions in the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency-Next Generation project is determined through a collaborative process with the Administration for Children and Families and other stakeholders. Each intervention is tested using a random assignment research design. Administrative records from the programs are the primary data sources for these evaluations.
BIAS-NG is designing and testing interventions based on behavioral science for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child welfare, and Head Start/Early Head Start programs. To improve participation in welfare-to-work activities, the project is collaborating with TANF programs in Los Angeles County, CA, Monroe County, NY, and Washington State to test interventions such as text messages, mailed reminders, and resources to help staff members encourage clients to take a more active role in their cases. To increase family engagement, BIAS-NG is working with the child welfare program in Allegheny County, PA, to test a mailed flyer providing a “map” of the child welfare process coupled with support by text message. To increase the likelihood that qualified volunteer families get approved to be Resource Families (caregiver families) in Los Angeles, CA, the team is developing resources and tools to support families through the application and approval process. The BIAS-NG team is currently recruiting Head Start and Early Head Start programs that are interested in designing and testing interventions based on behavioral science to address program challenges.