The federal Offices of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration of Children and Families and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) are convening stakeholders through the Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research to define the child support research agenda and promote rigorous research and evaluation. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, director of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and LBJ School of Public Affairs professor, was asked to be a featured presenter for the roundtable (October 2017).
Dr. Osborne is a demographer and leading scholar in issues impacting the wellbeing of children and families. She also directs the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), an independent, nonpartisan research group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs that conducts rigorous qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation work for federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations. Through CFRP, she has produced an extensive body of work on fatherhood and child support.
The Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research is tasked to:
- identify key policy research questions facing the field;
- suggest methods and data sources for research, evaluation and information dissemination;
- assess opportunities for further collaboration across the child support community to carry out the agenda.
Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California.
She is an appointed member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee to Reduce Child Poverty by Half in Ten Years. She also serves as the Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group for the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), a long-term project of the federal Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She is an elected member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Council and directs The University of Texas at Austin’s institutional membership of SRCD’s University-Based Child Family Policy Consortium.
For more about Dr. Osborne’s work on child support, go to the Child and Family Research Partnership at http://childandfamilyresearch.utexas.edu:
Related work on child support to date:
Policy Reports, Briefs, and Papers
- Child Support Unpacked: Examining the Factors Associated with Order Establishment and Compliance
- How Unmarried Fathers Support Their Children: A Study of Unmarried Parents
- Fathers in the First Few Months: A Study of Unmarried Fathers and Their Children
- Why Parents Establish Paternity: A Study of Unmarried Parents
- Who Establishes Paternity?: A Study of Unmarried Parents
- Final Report: An Evaluation of the Child Support for College Asset-Building Initiative
- Seeding the College Dream: The Child Support for College Asset-Building Initiative
- Summary of the Results from the Child Support for College (CS4C) Asset-Building Initiative
- Portrait of Father Involvement and Support in the First Three Years after a Nonmarital Birth
- Child Support and the Military: Efforts to Help Our Heroes
- Helping our Heroes: Efforts to Help Military and Veteran Parents
- Child Support Guidelines: Demographic and Economic Changes in Texas Families
- Child Support and College Savings
Infographics and Other Resources
- NPR Interview: How America’s Child Support System Failed To Keep Up With The Times
- A Father’s Support: More To It Than Money
- CFRP in the News: FiveThirtyEight and NPR – Are Moms Less Likely than Dads to Pay Child Support?
- When Dads Commit Kids Benefit
- Evaluation of Child Support for College (CS4C) Program Leads to Policy Changes
- 6% of Child Support Cases in the U.S. Involve a Veteran or Active Military Member