Key Points

Current safety net programs can be effective in reducing poverty

However, safety net programs are layered with administrative burdens that make them difficult to access

Solutions to reduce administrative barriers:

Identify and measure the barriers

Rationally use automation and technology to overcome these barriers and detect fraud

Engage with third parties who have the data to match eligible people with appropriate programs

Pamela Herd, PhD

JANUARY 2-5, 2020

Poverty and the States’ Administration of Programs

Pamela Herd, PhD

Professor
McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Poverty and Safety Net Programs

Administrative Burdens

Learning costs, such as figuring out what supports are available

Compliance costs, including the challenge to meet documentation and reporting requirements

Psychological costs, such as disabled people or parents of disabled children strive to cope with daily challenges

Burdens impact safety net policy effectiveness

Strategies to reduce these burdens

Speaker Biography

Pamela Herd  

Pamela Herd is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on inequality and how it intersects with health, aging, and policy. She is also an expert in survey research and biodemographic methods. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a board member for the Population Association of American, and a standing member of a National Institutes for Health review panel for the Social and Population Sciences. She has received grant awards for her work from the National Institutes for Health, National Institutes on Aging, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and AARP. Pamela and co-author Donald P. Moynihan pubiished Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means (Russell Sage Foundation) in 2018.

CONTACT

Senate Presidents’ Forum

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Tel: 914-693-1818

Copyright © 2020 Senate Presidents' Forum. All rights reserved.

JANUARY 2-5, 2020

Poverty and the States’ Administration of Programs

Pamela Herd, PhD

Professor
McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Key Points Current safety net programs can be effective in reducing poverty However, safety net programs are layered with administrative burdens that make them difficult to access Solutions to reduce administrative barriers: Identify and measure the barriers Rationally use automation and technology to overcome these barriers and detect fraud Engage with third parties who have the data to match eligible people with appropriate programs

Poverty and Safety Net Programs

Administrative Burdens

Learning costs, such as figuring out what supports are available

Compliance costs, including the challenge to meet documentation and reporting requirements

Psychological costs, such as disabled people or parents of disabled children strive to cope with daily challenges

Burdens impact safety net policy effectiveness

Strategies to reduce these burdens

Speaker Biography

Pamela Herd  

Pamela Herd is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on inequality and how it intersects with health, aging, and policy. She is also an expert in survey research and biodemographic methods. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a board member for the Population Association of American, and a standing member of a National Institutes for Health review panel for the Social and Population Sciences. She has received grant awards for her work from the National Institutes for Health, National Institutes on Aging, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and AARP. Pamela and co-author Donald P. Moynihan pubiished Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means (Russell Sage Foundation) in 2018.

CONTACT

Senate Presidents’ Forum

579 Broadway

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

 

Tel: 914-693-1818

Copyright © 2020 Senate Presidents' Forum. All rights reserved.

JANUARY 2-5, 2020

Poverty and the States’ Administration of Programs

Pamela Herd, PhD

Professor
McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Key Points Current safety net programs can be effective in reducing poverty However, safety net programs are layered with administrative burdens that make them difficult to access Solutions to reduce administrative barriers: Identify and measure the barriers Rationally use automation and technology to overcome these barriers and detect fraud Engage with third parties who have the data to match eligible people with appropriate programs

Poverty and Safety Net Programs

Administrative Burdens

Learning costs, such as figuring out what supports are available

Compliance costs, including the challenge to meet documentation and reporting requirements

Psychological costs, such as disabled people or parents of disabled children strive to cope with daily challenges

Burdens impact safety net policy effectiveness

Strategies to reduce these burdens

Speaker Biography

Pamela Herd  

Pamela Herd is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on inequality and how it intersects with health, aging, and policy. She is also an expert in survey research and biodemographic methods. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a board member for the Population Association of American, and a standing member of a National Institutes for Health review panel for the Social and Population Sciences. She has received grant awards for her work from the National Institutes for Health, National Institutes on Aging, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and AARP. Pamela and co-author Donald P. Moynihan pubiished Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means (Russell Sage Foundation) in 2018.

CONTACT

Senate Presidents’ Forum

579 Broadway

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

 

Tel: 914-693-1818

Copyright © 2020 Senate Presidents' Forum. All rights reserved.