Practice Areas

Family Support

Insight’s research addresses the stability and well-being of families with children—particularly vulnerable families with limited means.

Featured Projects

  • Employment and Training

    We evaluate initiatives that enhance the self-sufficiency of those participating in employment and training programs related to government assistance. The results help our clients understand what programs work, for whom, and why.

    Enhancing Training and Education for High-Demand, Well-Paying Health Care Professions

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    Enhancing Training and Education for High-Demand, Well-Paying Health Care Professions

    Insight is evaluating the Health Professions Opportunity Grants, an initiative to provide recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other low-income individuals with education and training for jobs in high-demand health care professions.

    Increasing Self-Sufficiency Through Enhanced Employment and Training Services

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    Increasing Self-Sufficiency Through Enhanced Employment and Training Services

    Insight is testing new and expanded employment and training services in this evaluation of promising strategies to increase employment, raise earnings, and reduce reliance on public assistance for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.

    Understanding the Characteristics and Needs of Participants in Employment and Training Programs

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    Understanding the Characteristics and Needs of Participants in Employment and Training Programs

    Insight is determining the characteristics and needs of participants in SNAP employment and training programs and the barriers they face.

  • Bridging the Digital Divide

    Insight is working to bridge the digital divide for families with low incomes and limited English.

    Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Families With Children

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    Bridging the Digital Divide for Low-Income Families With Children

    Insight is evaluating the effectiveness of ConnectHome, an initiative to provide free or low-cost, high-speed internet to low-income families with school-aged children in public housing.

    Enhancing Efforts to Meet the Needs of Individuals With Limited English Proficiency

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    Enhancing Efforts to Meet the Needs of Individuals With Limited English Proficiency

    Insight helped the U.S. Social Security Administration develop and assess online materials and technological methods for meeting the information and service needs of individuals with limited English proficiency.

  • Strengthening Families

    Our research supports our clients’ efforts to build and improve programs that strengthen families and increase child and family well-being.

    Detecting Domestic Violence Among Vulnerable Families in Washington State

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    Detecting Domestic Violence Among Vulnerable Families in Washington State

    Insight evaluated two Washington State programs that trained and educated professionals to screen, identify, and provide effective interventions for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence or who face tobacco, alcohol, and/or substance abuse problems.

    Enhancing Support to Families of Recovering Warriors

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    Enhancing Support to Families of Recovering Warriors

    For the U.S. Department of Defense, Insight provided research support to the Recovering Warrior Task Force to prepare its annual report assessing the care and services families of wounded, ill, and injured Service members receive and their unmet needs as Service members transition to civilian life.

    Promoting Work-Life Balance Among Working Families in the STEM Field

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    Promoting Work-Life Balance Among Working Families in the STEM Field

    Insight conducted a formative evaluation for the National Science Foundation’s Career-Life Balance Initiative, which supports family-friendly policy solutions to promote work-life balance among science and engineering graduate students, postdoctorate fellows, and faculty at institutions of higher education.

    Improving Screening, Diagnosis, and Coordinated Systems of Services for Families of Children With Autism

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    Improving Screening, Diagnosis, and Coordinated Systems of Services for Families of Children With Autism

    Through three consecutive contracts with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Insight designed and implemented evaluations of MCHB’s activities under the Combating Autism Act of 2006, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011, and the Autism CARES (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) Act of 2014. Results were presented in reports to Congress.

  • Innovative Ways to Enhance Service Delivery to Vulnerable Families

    Since inception, Insight has helped clients evaluate and improve mechanisms of social service delivery for families with low incomes and others.

    Integrating Medicaid and School Nutrition Program Certification Processes

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    Integrating Medicaid and School Nutrition Program Certification Processes

    Insight assessed demonstration projects that used Medicaid participation to certify students directly for free meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

    Evaluating Incentives to Increase Children’s Access to Healthy Meals During the Summer Months

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    Evaluating Incentives to Increase Children’s Access to Healthy Meals During the Summer Months

    Insight conducted an outcome evaluation of four statewide multiyear demonstration projects of the Summer Food Service Program aimed at preventing food insecurity and hunger among children during the summer months.