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Berlin, Gordon

Works: 18 works in 44 publications in 2 languages and 1,473 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Gordon Berlin
Setting domestic priorities : what can government do?( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward a more perfect union : basic skills, poor families, and our economic future by Gordon Berlin( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1980s and 1990s important demographic, economic, and social changes will affect the nation's schools, families, and workplaces. In anticipation of these developments, there is renewed interest in formal educational attainment and basic academic skills. A concerted national effort to address the current crisis in basic skills development would advance the nation's goals in several important ways. This paper attempts to show how inadequate basic skills are intertwined with problems of youth employment and with dropping out of school, out-of-wedlock parenting, welfare dependency, and the decline in work-force productivity. The first section examines relationships among macroeconomic trends, individual earnings, family-formation patterns, and educational achievement. The second explores the basic skills crisis, presenting evidence that inadequate skills are an underlying cause of poverty and economic dependency, and identifying the intergenerational causes and consequences of inadequate basic skills. The third section presents a conceptual framework for thinking about the problem, describes effective programs, outlines a system for improving the quality of current programs and the accountability of the institutions involved, and identifies weaknesses in the nation's current educational and training institutions and systems. The final section suggests an agenda for future action. Appendices discuss the Armed Forces Qualification Test, the results of various literacy tests administered to individuals at different levels of educational attainment, and the effects of basic skills on earnings. Tables and figures illustrate the data. (BJV)
Do work incentives have unintended consequences? : measuring "entry effects" in the Self-Sufficicency Project by Gordon Berlin( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Self-Sufficiency Project (ssp) is a Canadian social demonstration and research project designed to test an employment alternative to welfare. The ssp makes work pay by offering generous earnings supplements to long-term, single-parent welfare recipients who find full-time jobs and leave Canada's Income Assistance (ia) welfare system. The SSP's effects (both intended and unintended) were examined in a special study called the ssp Entry Effects Demonstration, which was based on a classic experimental research design. New recipients were randomly assigned either to: (1) a program group that was informed of SSP's earnings supplement and told that they could receive it if they remained on ia for 1 year, or (2) to a control group that was not eligible for supplement payments. Thirteen months later, the delayed exit effect of the new earnings supplement remained small (only 3.1%). Moreover, its effects grew only slightly over time. Even among those who were most knowledgeable about SSP's future earnings supplement offer, impacts remained fairly small, and SSP's 1-year eligibility restriction proved to limit both delayed exits from ia and new applicant entry effects. (Contains 10 tables/figures and 29 references.) (Mn)
Encouraging work reducing poverty : the impact of work incentive programs by Gordon Berlin( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Minnesota Family Investment Program, the Canadian Self-Sufficiency Project, and Milwaukee's New Hope Project are three antipoverty programs that were undertaken in the 1990s to end dependency on welfare by "making work pay." The impacts of all three programs were reviewed and compared to those of the Seattle/Denver Income Maintenance Experiment, which was a "negative income tax experiment" conducted in the 1970s in response to the mushrooming growth of welfare programs and policies that discouraged welfare recipients from taking jobs. The review focused on the following issues: (1) program impacts in the areas of promoting work and reducing poverty; (2) effects of targeting and program design on program impacts; (3) ways universal support programs might reduce work; and (4) unintended consequences of targeted work incentive programs. The comparative analysis confirmed that all three work incentive programs have effectively achieved their goals of increasing work and income among single parents without incurring many of the unintended negative consequences on employment among the working poor that plagued past welfare reduction policies. When work incentive programs were linked to participation mandates or conditioned on full-time work, they substantially increased the employment, earnings, and total income of long-term welfare recipients. (Contains 54 references.) (MN)
Assistive Equipment and Technology for Students with Disabilities( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parcours des étudiants internationaux au sein des communautés francophones en situation minoritaire (CFSM) by Richard A Wagner( )

1 edition published in 2016 in French and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Housing Alert Program : a one year evaluation by New York (N.Y.)( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What Works in Welfare Reform Evidence and Lessons To Guide TANF Reauthorization by Gordon Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To inform policymakers as they deliberate over the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization, this guide reviews what states have done with the flexibility afforded them by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. The first section examines how states have shaped their welfare reform strategies since 1996. It describes how, programmatically, most states used their new responsibilities and flexibility to implement these three policies: requiring work, making work pay, and time-limiting welfare benefits. The second section synthesizes findings from dozens of rigorous studies of welfare reform's effects on poor families and government budgets. To help policymakers understand the individual and combined effects of different policy approaches and come to better-informed decisions about how to address these trade-offs, this section looks closely at the effects of the different approaches in these seven key areas: program participation and mandates, employment and earnings, welfare use, income and hardship, children's well-being, and family and marriage. These policy implications of the research findings for TANF reauthorization are drawn: expand the role of education and training; add services for the hard-to-employ; enhance states' flexibility to reward work and benefit children; set reasonable participation standards; require midterm review of time-limit policies and adequacy of the 20 percent exemption; and invest in learning and sustaining innovation. (Contains 23 references.) (YLB)
Learning from experience : a guide to social impact bond investing by Gordon Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social sector's hottest "impact investing" product--the social impact bond (SIB)--has generated a range of reactions, from excitement to angst. An SIB uses private funds to pay for a social, educational, or health program, and the government repays investors (plus a return) only if the program achieves prespecified results. The intervention financed by the first social impact bond in the United States--the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) program at Rikers Island jail in New York City--was discontinued after three years when results from an independent evaluation demonstrated that it was not meeting its goal of reducing recidivism among 16- to 18-year-olds. As president of MDRC--the organization that was the "intermediary" at the center of the Rikers deal--Gordon Berlin thinks it is important that the field not learn the wrong lessons from the experience. Instead, emerging lessons from the Rikers deal and others reveal both SIBs' value to government entities and also the reality that this value will only be realized if the tensions inherent in structuring the terms of an SIB deal can be addressed squarely. These lessons include: (1) the balance of risk and reward; (2) the focus on government savings; (3) the tyranny of SIB metrics; and (4) the role of evidence. This paper draws on lessons from the implementation of the ABLE program and the handful of other SIBs with actual operating experience to provide valuable insights into the inner workings of SIB deals, using ABLE as a vehicle for explaining both the challenges and the potential of SIBs. It provides an overview of the SIB promise, and briefly describes the ABLE project. The paper frames critical decisions and identifies central tensions in the design of a deal, including the unique requirements of due diligence in an SIB project, and walks through the steps involved in structuring a deal, showing how the tensions inherent in the SIB mechanism must be confronted. Recommendations for moving beyond a series of "bespoke" deals to effective, ongoing programs operating on a large scale, whether through sustained government funding or through the creation of functioning capital markets that afford a continuing role for private investors, especially philanthropies, are included
The effects of marriage and divorce on families and children by Gordon Berlin( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Can Evidence-Based Policy Ameliorate the Nation’s Social Problems?( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This article updates the pipeline paradigm for evidence building with a cyclical paradigm that encompasses evidence building, implementation, and adaptation. A cyclical paradigm for evidence-based policy and practice assumes that an intervention will be adapted over time, across settings, and across populations. These innovations and adaptations are encouraged and tested, with periodic review of the need for impact assessment. The cyclical paradigm also emphasizes service contrast at every stage, not just in the evidence-building stage where it has traditionally been a focus. A continuous cycle of evidence building, implementation, and adaptation—looping back to further evidence building—can help to ensure that the impacts of evidence-based policies and programs are sustained and grow in new settings
Youth employment: will the past be prologue? by Gordon Berlin( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

American standards of living, family welfare and the basic skills crisis by Gordon Berlin( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Homelessness by Gordon Berlin( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

How a safety net built around work is not up to the job by Gordon Berlin( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Using Evidence as the Driver of Policy Change : The Next Steps in Supporting Innovation, Continuous Improvement, and Accountability. Testimony of Gordon L. Berlin, President of MDRC, before the Senate Finance Committee by Gordon Berlin( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Over the last decade and a half, during a period defined in the public consciousness by political partisanship, the legislative and executive branches have quietly forged a bipartisan consensus around the need to build evidence of effectiveness that would ensure high rates of return on investment for the nation's social programs. The establishment by Congress of the new Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission is only the most recent example of this consensus. In this testimony Gordon L. Berlin, the President of Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), offers a brief history of the federal government's fruitful investment in evidence-building; then concentrates on several of the most recent efforts, including supporting pay-for-success initiatives; and concludes by identifying obstacles to effective evidence-building, offering potential solutions and suggesting a framework for exploiting the opportunities that lie ahead
Education, equity and economic excellence : the critical role of second chance basic skills and job training programs by Gordon Berlin( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Setting domestic priorities : what can government do?
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Berlin, Gordon L.

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