APHSA's Pathways Initiative is an initiative of the members of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) to transform how health and human services are administered and delivered. Public human services are moving in new directions – down new pathways – to meet increased demand for assistance at a time of tight budgets and heightened public expectations for effective outcomes.
Pathways policy briefs outline policy recommendations and priorities for current human service programs based on how they can lead toward the Pathways outcome goals. Click on the Pathways tab to view policy briefs that are of particular interest to the NASTA membership.
Click on the Reports tab to view important reports from sources such as ACF's Office of Family Assistance and Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, the Congressional Budget Office, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Peer TA facilitates the sharing of information across state and local agencies implementing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The goal of Peer TA is to establish linkages among TANF agencies and their partners serving TANF and low-income families at the state, county, local, and tribal level. The Peer TA website acts as a dissemination and communications vehicle, supporting the Peer TA Network in the provision of technical assistance, facilitating a dialogue among organizations serving TANF and low-income families, and helping organizations learn about innovative programs and the latest research around effective strategies to successfully support TANF and low-income families on a path to self-sufficiency.
The TANF/WIOA Learning Community is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Family Assistance. Developed in response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the community brings together seven teams from states across the country to explore strategies for successful integration of TANF and workforce programs. Teams focus on WIOA planning and implementation strategies ranging from creation of a common vision to on-the-ground implementation.
The SSRC is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences.
The NGA Center for Best Practices Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff across a range of policy issues. The division covers economic development and innovation; workforce development focused on industry-based strategies; pathways to employment and populations with special needs; and human services for children, youth, low-income families and people with disabilities.
CBPP is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed both to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. extensive understanding of budgets, taxes, low-income programs, and social insurance programs to inform and shape debates, influence outcomes, and achieve concrete results. CBPP researches and analyzes federal and state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) issues, and provides technical assistance to help states design their TANF programs so they can reach more eligible families and meet families’ particular needs.
Visit APHSA's Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being website for additional resources. CEEWB was established to be a central source of information, resources, discussion and development relating to workforce engagement and gainful employment. The Center facilitates collaboration across stakeholders, and identifies and promotes practice models, funding structures, and policies that can best support and enable gainful employment and self-sufficiency for individuals and families.