Director Carolyn Heinrich speaks on "Reducing Child Support Debt and Its Consequences: Can Forgiveness Benefit All?" at the La Follette School seminar on Tuesday, October 27, from noon-1 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.
Heinrich's research focuses on social welfare policy, public management, and econometric methods for social-program evaluation. She also works directly in her research with governments at all levels, including with the federal government on an evaluation of workforce development programs, the state of Wisconsin on a child-support demonstration program, Milwaukee Public Schools in the evaluation of supplemental educational services, and the governments of Brazil and South Africa on their social and human capital development programs. Other ongoing projects involve the study of labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers, policy factors that support effective provision of substance abuse treatment services, and the use and impacts of social investment funds in developing countries. Professor Heinrich co-edited the book, Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families (Russell Sage Foundation, 2009) with John Karl Scholz. She is also a co-author of several books on the empirical study of governance and public management, including Improving Governance: A New Logic for Empirical Research and Governance and Performance: New Perspectives.