Center for Social Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

News Archive

7/12/12: CSP jointly releases  An Alternative to Temporary Staffing:  Considerations for Workforce Practitioners.  This paper introduces the alternative staffing model—community based temporary staffing services that place job seekers with barriers to employment— to workforce development practitioners.  The paper is jointly prepared with Public/Private Ventures and reviews findings from evaluation studies conducted by each organization (see Finding the Right Fit:  How Alternative Staffing Affects Worker Outcomes).

7/5/12: Director Donna Haig Freidman was cited in the Dorchester Reporter. She spoke at a recent meeting of the neighborhood group Mattapan United. Freidman says research shows most residents enjoy living in Mattapan. Read the story, Residents find Mattapan a fair/good neighborhood.

6/29/12: Research Director Françoise Carré participated in the Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.  She presented review comments on "Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone" by Paul Osterman and Beth Shulman.

6/4/12: cited Senior Research Fellow Randy Albelda in their article, Public vs. Private Sector Cuts: A State-by-State Breakdown

5/23/12:  Research Associate Brandynn Holgate will be presenting at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions 2nd Annual Meeting on June 19, 2012. Holgate will be presenting findings from “Finding the Right Fit” a report from the Alternative Staffing Demonstration II (2009-2011), which is funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation. The meeting will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio and will include regional funding collaboratives, workforce development professionals, employers and local foundations.

5/9/12: Constituent Coordinator Julia Tripp will be featured in a webinar called, "Trauma Informed Care" by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) along with Joan Gillece, Director for SAMHSA's National Center of Trauma-Informed Care. It will be hosted by Barbara Poppe, ED of USICH. To be held on Tuesday, May 9, 20012 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Click here to register.

4/20/12: The National Low Income Housing Coalition cited the recently release joint study by the Metropolitian Boston Housing Partnership and the Center for Social Policy, Rapid Re-housing of Families Experiencing Homelessness in Massachusetts: Maintaining Housing Stability, in an article entitled, New Report Finds HPRP Funds Provide Short Term Housing Stability; More Permanent Subsidies Still Needed.

4/16/12: Senior Research Fellow Arthur MacEwan authored an article for ZNet on the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission entitled Citizens United Decision.

4/11/12: The Boston Globe reported that the Center for Social Policy is the UMass Boston branch that will analyze and present the findings of the community questionaires July's "Give Back" meeting in an article entitled Mattapan United organizing, collection community questionaires.

2/28/12: Senior Research Fellow Randy Albelda was interviewed by Marketplace Wealth & Poverty, in What is Poverty? Think Beyond the Official Number

2/23/12: Senior Research Fellow Randy Albelda and co-author Michael Carr Senior Research Fellow Randy Albelda Suggests Modernizing Anti-poverty Programs & Employment-based Supports in recently released working paper, Low-Wage and Low-Income Workers In The U.S., 1979-2009.

2/21/12: Release of volume co-edited by CSP Research Director Françoise Carré, Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? Trends, Derterminants and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century, the book outlines debates, developments, issues and trends in job quality whiltst asking the question are bad jobs inevitible? Co-editors include Chris Warhurst, Patricia Findlay and Chris Tilly

1/27/12: The Center for Social Policy launches e-digest, "Connecting Research and Communities". See how our work impacts you!

1/12 - Mattapan United analyzes the one-on-one interviews, in coordination with UMass Boston's Center for Social Policy, to identify common themes that will feed into the community contract and form action groups.

1/6/12: Research Director Françoise Carré presented a paper “Facilitating Labor Market Transitions for Workers Facing Barriers:  the Role of Alternative Staffing Organizations” (co-authored with Brandynn Holgate and Helen Levine) at the Labor and Employment Relations Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. Brandynn Holgate, CSP Research Associate and doctoral student in the Public Policy PhD program also represented CSP at the conference session.


12/15/11: Finding the Right Fit: How Alternative Staffing Affects Worker Outcomes, was released today by the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. It highlights new findings from the national Alternative Staffing Demonstration, which was launched by the Flint, Michigan-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 2003. Research Director, Françoise Carré, Research Associate Brandynn Holgate & Senior Research Associate Helen Levine conducted the research. See press release.

12/4/11: Senior Research Associate Randy Albelda, participates in international symposium "Women, Gender Equality and Economic Crisis" held at Pantheon University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece held December 1–2. Professor Albelda's talk was titled "Gender Impacts of the 'Great Recession' in the United States."

11/30/11: Senior Fellow Michael Stone quoted in the Taunton Daily  Gazette, Like rest of nation, Mass. residents not moving

11/21/11: Dr. Senior Research Associate, Jean McGuire for six months has been supporting two national disability policy development efforts focused on addressing complex issues regarding new long term care financing strategies for people with disabilities. In November, those efforts resulted in two critical national invitational meetings, one in Berkeley, CA sponsored collaboratively by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund and the Association of Councils on Aging, and the other in Washington, DC at the Kaiser Family Foundation. In both cases, the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, along with select national organizations, were working collaboratively on opportunities and challenges that have evolved in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

11/21/11: PhD candidate, Brandynn Holgate represented the Center for Social Policy at the FlexWork Research Centre International Conference in Leuven, Belgium on October 27th and 28th. This conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Amsterdam and the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies. Brandynn presented a team paper based on research conducted under the Alternative Staffing Demonstration - a national monitoring and evaluation project funded through the C.S. Mott Foundation and directed by CSP Research Director, Françoise Carré.

11/21/11: Research Director, Françoise Carré was invited to join the international scientific council for a French multi-university network of researchers based in the Paris region, named “GESTES” (Research work on work and problems at work).  Responsibilities include academic review and advice for research projects and conferences.

11/11/11: Quoted in The #economicdevelopment Daily

10/31/11: Senior Fellow Michael Stone and Director Donna Haig Friedman tackle social networks and their affect and impact on neighborhoods and people, Analyzing "the things that connect them"

10/24/11: Research Director, Françoise Carré is awarded $150,000 Mott Steward Foundation Grant for the project titled, "Alternative Staffing: Outcomes for Job Candidates and Employers." The study will yield three papers and entail several conference presentations.

10/24/11: Research Director, Françoise Carré will attend a meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Conference of European Staticians from October 31st to November 2nd, 2011. The conference will be held in Geneva Switzerland and will focus on "Measuring the Quality of Employment."

10/24/11: Research Associate and McCormack PP/PA Doctoral Candidate, Brandynn Holgate will represent the CSP at the FlexWork Research Centre International Conference in Leuven, Belgium on October 27th and October 28th. this conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Amsterdam and the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies and will address research and policies relevant to temporary employment. Brandynn will be presenting a team paper based on research conducted under the Alternative Staffing Demonstration - a national monitoring and evaluation project conducted by CSP and funded through the Charles Steward Mott Foundation.

7/21/11: Director Donna Haig Friedman at community meeting for The Mattapan Reporter, Big turnout for Mattapan United launch

6/24/11: Senior Fellow Michael Stone quoted in Jamaica Plain Gazette article, Gentrification in Focus at Forum

6/20/11: Senior Fellow Michael Stone speaks at community forum on Whole Foods impact on Jamaica Plain

6/11/11: Senior Researcher, Tim H. Davis is quoted in Boston Globe article, Mass. Housing recovery years off

6/10/11: Boston Neighborhood News interviews Senior Researcher, Tim Davis on the closing of Hi-Lo Foods in Jamaica Plain

6/9/11: Senior Researcher Tim H. Davis work is cited in Bay State Banner article, Housing Advocates Protest Award for Landlord Kargman

6/8/11: Research Director Françoise Carré is quoted in StarTribune Business, Labor thinks big-box with Target union

6/6/11: Demand Progress Blog cites joint study by CSP and CWPP in article, Equal Pay Finally Defined

5/27/11: The Point interviews Director, Donna Haig Friedman about the CSP role in the Fairmount Corridor Improvements

3/22/11: Faculty Affiliate Alice Carter's work is cited in article, Toddler Toy Interest Predicts Autism Treatment Effectiveness

3/15/11: Senior Fellow Michael Stone quoted in the Boston Globe article, At hearing, Fenway residents fight loss of affordable housing at Burbank Apartments

3/7/11: Senior Research Associate Randy Albelda quoted in New York Times Economix Blog, His Recession, Becoming Hers

2/24/11: Senior Research Associate Randy Albelda, authored, Teachers, secretaries and social workers – the new welfare moms?

1/11/11: Research Director Françoise Carré co-authors article: Short Hours, Long Hours, Flexible Hours Hours Levels and Hours Adjustments in the Retail Industry in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


12/16/10: The Boston Foundation awarded The Center for Social Policy a prestigious $500,000, five year grant at $100,000 annually to evaluate the impacts on investment along the Fairmount Corridor.

12/10/10: Senior Research Associate Randy Albelda, Professor, was an invited participant at the Equal Pay Research Summit hosted by the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor December 2010.

12/17/10: Senior Research Associate, Randy Albelda cited on WAMC Radio: What the Tax Cut Package Might Mean in Massachusetts

12/14/10: Senior Research Associate Randy Albelda, co-authored: The Business and Economic Case for Letting Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Expire

6/2010: A chapter by Research Director Françoise Carré titled, "Quelles Politiques pour la Citoyenneté au Travail?" ("What Public Policy for 'Citizenship at Work'?") was recently published in Michel Coutu and Gregor Murray, eds. "Travail et Citoyenneté. Quel Avenir?"

11/2010: Research Director Françoise Carré reviews, Formal and Informal Work: The Hidden Work Regime in Europe, in Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews