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Stepping Stones Research Briefing


Call for Presenters

The 6th Annual Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s
Stepping Stones Research Briefing

to be held the morning of

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Urban Institute
Washington, D.C.

Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Urban Institute will co-sponsor the 6th annual Stepping Stones Research Briefing, highlighting research on issues relevant to low-income, women-headed families.  We are looking for researchers who would like to present their research and findings at this year’s Research Briefing. 

Stepping Stones is Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s multi-year initiative focused on increasing economic security and financial independence for low-income, women-headed families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The Stepping Stones Research Briefing provides an opportunity for the Foundation and its partners to learn about the latest research that can inform their work supporting this population.

The first five Research Briefings each drew audiences of over 100 persons, including representatives from community-based organizations, funders, government agencies, and research institutions. 

Persons interested in participating in this year’s Research Briefing should submit an abstract of their research and findings (no more than 1,000 words) to Peter Tatian at the Urban Institute ( by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 18, 2011.  Abstracts should make clear how the research is relevant to issues facing low-income, women-headed families and those who are working to assist these women and their families.

We are particularly interested in abstracts related to:

  • Improving housing security for low-income women with children through approaches that help sustain homeownership (including foreclosure prevention) or support renter stability.
  • How best to help prepare women for in-demand jobs in the expected economic recovery.
  • Successful approaches to building income and assets in the current economy, including through public benefits and work supports, including child care and  transportation.
  • Early care and education.
  • Health and safety, particularly as affected by social determinants (such as place, race, gender, age/aging).

Final selection of presenters will be made by April 8,  2011.

Copies of all presentations, as well as audio recordings of the entire event, will be posted on the Urban Institute’s web site after the event.  Presentations from last year’s Research Briefing can be found at

Questions about the research briefing should be addressed to Peter Tatian ( or Gwen Rubinstein at Washington Area Women’s Foundation (

Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested. Apologies for any duplicate postings.


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