Mixed Methods Research on Economic Conditions, Public Policy, and Family and Child Well-Being

June 27-28, 2005
Michigan Union Anderson Room
Ann Arbor, MI

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Sponsors and organizers

This workshop is sponsored by The Center for Human Potential and
Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the
University of Chicago, The American Psychological Association, The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

The workshop has been organized by Ariel Kalil, a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago; and Hiro Yoshikawa, a psychologist with joint appointments as Associate Professor in psychology and public policy at New York University.

 

Registration

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited - first come first served. Please RSVP to Casey Parrotte.

 

Background

Much research has been conducted to explore how economic conditions and related public policies affect children and their families. However, most of this work has been conducted within single disciplines, using single methodologies. Relatively little research, for example, has combined quantitative and qualitative approaches to examining these questions. Yet, the few studies that have done so show the substantial intellectual and policy benefits of integrating these methods.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary
group of scholars from psychology, sociology, economics, public policy, anthropology, education, and social work, all of whom are actively engaged in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of how economic conditions and public policies affect family and child well-being. Original papers will address a range of important topics in this research area, including (a) parental employment and low-income children's well-being; (b) intra-household resource allocation and investments in children; (c) marriage promotion, family formation, and child well-being; (d) child support and father involvement; (e) neighborhood effects on low-income families and children; (f) poverty, public policy, and the well-being of immigrant children; and (g) implementation and service delivery.

In addition to the presentation of papers and discussion of their
mixed-methods approach and substantive findings, the conference will include break-out work sessions, led by experienced, senior scholars, on conceptualizing and conducting mixed-methods research.

 

Goals

1. To focus on the design, measurement, and application of combined
quantitative and qualitative methods in empirical work;
2. To discuss these methods in the context of current research on economic conditions, public policy, and family and child well-being;
3. To bring together a group of scholars from psychology, sociology,
economics, public policy, anthropology, education, and social work working with these methods on these topics;
4. To provide formal and informal opportunities for mentorship and
networking between junior and senior scholars (including postdoctoral
fellows) and to facilitate connections and collaborations (particularly for young minority scholars).

 

Agenda and conference papers

Full agenda and conference papers.

 

For more information

Please contact the National Poverty Center at npcinfo@umich.edu.