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Douglas J. Besharov is the Joseph J. and Violet Jacobs Scholar in Social Welfare Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a professor at the University of Marylandís School of Public Affairs and director of the Welfare Reform Academy. He is the author or editor of several books, including Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide for the Concerned (1990), Enhancing Early Childhood Programs: Burdens and Opportunities (1996), and Americaís Disconnected Youth (1999).

Michael Camasso is a faculty member at Rutgers University School of Social Work and a faculty associate at the Center for Urban Policy Research. He has conducted many evaluation and research projects in the areas of child and public welfare for state and federal governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations.

Christine Devere is an analyst in Social Legislation in the Domestic Policy Division at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). She currently specializes in child welfare and welfare-related issues.

Gene Falk is a specialist in Social Legislation in the Domestic Social Policy Division of CRS, currently specializing in welfare reform issues. He has been with CRS since 1983 and has worked on a variety of social policy issues, including the federal budget for social programs, unemployment compensation, and medicare reimbursement policy for physicians.

Carol Harvey is an economist and associate director for the Administration at the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University. Her research interests span the areas of health, disability, and public welfare and she has authored or co-authored several major research reports, journal articles and two books in these areas.

Radha Jagannathan is an assistant professor of Urban Studies and Community Health in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She is a faculty associate at the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Well-Being at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.

Mark R. Killingsworth is a professor and chairman of the Department of Economics at Rutgers University. He is also a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has served as a consultant to the U. S. Departments of Justice and Labor, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Canada Post Corporation.

Michael Laracy is a senior program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he is responsible for the Foundationís initiatives and research in income security, welfare reform, and the "New Federalism." He was previously assistant commissioner for Policy, Planning and Program Evaluation in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. During this time, he played a role in the design and implementation of the stateís 1987 welfare reform program, REACH, as well as the stateís 1992 reform effort, the Family Development Program.

Glenn Loury is a professor of economics and director of the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University. He has served on several advisory commissions of the National Academy of Sciences and is past vice president of the American Economic Association. He is author of One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (1995).

David Murray is director of Research at the Statistical Assessment Service. He is also adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a Congressional Member of the United States Census Monitoring Board. His interests include the use of scientific research in public policy, cross-cultural study of language and cognition, biotechnology and cultural constructions of personhood, political economy of family and gender relations, and the laboratory practice of western science.

Peter Rossi is S. A. Rice Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He is a past president of the American Sociological Association and has received numerous awards for work in evaluation from the American Evaluation Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Policy Studies Organization. He has authored or coauthored numerous publications, including Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness (1989), Evaluation: A Systematic Approach (1993), Just Punishments: Federal Guidelines and Public Views Compared (1997), and Feeding the Poor: An Analysis of Five Federal Nutrition Programs (1997).

Michael Wiseman is a visiting senior fellow at the Washington office of the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago and Visiting Scholar in Social Policy at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He was previously a professor of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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