Iowa State’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department held a poster symposium on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, which eight students presented their CWRTP-related research at.
Maria Alcivar-Zuniga (Ph. D. HDFS student), Sesong Jeon (Ph. D. HDFS student), Carlee Konz (M.S. HDFS student), Peggy Lockhart (Ph. D. HDFS student) Courtney Mull (junior – elementary education), Erica Pang (Ph. D. HDFS student), Cheng Peng (Ph. D. HDFS student), Katie Riley (Ph. D. HDFS student), Dong Zhang (postdoctoral researcher), and Feng Zhao (Ph. D. HDFS student) presented research on a variety of topics at the poster symposium.
The following posters were presented:
- A New Approach to Increase Past-Due Child Support Collections – This research project analyzed past child support cases to determine a method of determining which cases should be prioritized. The method led to the collection of more than $314,000 by the Child Support Recovery Unit in past-due payments in three months. (presented by Feng Zhao)
- Creating a New Approach to Contacting Child Support Payors – A new approach was created to help case workers to determine needed to be contacted to prevent missing payments and/or remind individuals to resume their payments. (presented by Cheng Peng and Dong Zhang)
- Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards Supported by Parenting: It’s a Life Curriculum – Parenting: It’s a Life (PIAL) is mainly presented in Family and Consumer Science classrooms. In order to make the PIAL curriculum more desirable to teachers, who are encouraged to follow their subject’s standards, the Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards were analyzed to determine how the PIAL curriculum aligned. (presented by Courtney Mull, Katie Riley, and Carlee Konz)
- Parenting: It’s a Life: A Case Study of a Rural Town’s Access to Life Skills and Parenting Curriculum – One Iowa rural community was analyzed to determine if the use of Parenting: It’s a Life (PIAL) curriculum had impacted the area’s teens. Results showed that 61.8% of surveyed students found that PIAL’s life skills content was helpful or strongly helpful to them. (presented by Katie Riley, Carlee Konz, and Sesong Jeon)
- Parenting: It’s a Life Teen Information Sources on Module Topics – Parenting: It’s a Life (PIAL) teaches middle and high school students about topics related to life skills PIAL staff were interested in learning about where the students learned about life skills from in the past. Results showed that the students’ age and gender impacted who they were learning from, including peers, teachers, and parents. (presented by Carlee Konz and Sesong Jeon)
- Trauma and Self-Care Among New Iowa DHS Workers – This research project analyzed the readiness of DHS workers to work with trauma cases and their self-care practices. Results showed DHS workers who perceived higher supervisor support were more likely to engage in self-care practices. DHS workers that engaged in more self-care practices were less likely to experience burn out. (presented by Emily McKnight and Erica Pang)
- “Race: the Power of an Illusion” – A Learning Exchange – This research project analyzed if feelings and knowledge of DHS workers changed from pre to post survey and if urban/rural living status was a factor. Results show feelings and knowledge improved across all learning objectives from before to after receiving this training opportunity. There was a difference in learning between urban and rural, indicating more opportunities need to be made available to DHS workers in rural areas. (presented by Maria Alcivar-Zuniga and Peggy Lockhart)
- Workers sent income withholding notices on 30.77% of the cases,
- As a result of sending these income withholding notices, 29.86% of the cases received an income withholding payment.
- The workers removed the employer on 52.70% of the cases as they were no longer valid.
- On the remaining cases where the employer was valid the workers called and/or sent the employer a new income withholding order. Due to this effort, 612 cases received a payment.
- From April 22 to July 20, 2016, these cases have collected a total of $314,460.58 in IV-D payments