Past NASTA Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars

AASD/NASTA Annual Education Conference

October 23-36, 2016

Orlando, FL

Presentation materials from the 2016 Conference available here. 

*Only presentations where presenters granted permission are available.



2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS), NASTA Meeting - June 3, 2016


NASTA members attending the RECS conference met on June 3, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. 



2014 NASTA Meeting - May 30, 2014 


The 2014 NASTA meeting was held following the conclusion of the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) on Friday, May 30. 


The meeting included a brief business session and was followed by a series of facilitated discussions. The discussion topics included: (1) TANF work participation rate compliance issues; (2) pending regulations on the TANF EBT restrictions; (3) President Obama's proposal to re-purpose the TANF Contingency Fund into a new Pathways to Jobs Initiative; and (4) the President's proposal to eliminate the use of TANF third-party maintenance-of-effort (MOE). 


During the meeting, the NASTA membership created two short-term task forces to address issues that could arise during consideration of the next TANF extension. One task force will develop options for the TANF Contingency Fund and the second task force will develop options for the use of third-party maintenance of effort. The current TANF extension runs through September 30, 2014.  



Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS): If Work is the Goal, Are Career Pathways the Answer?

September 26, 3:30-4:45 pm ET 

The Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) evaluation, which supports the Pathways goal of "gainful employment and independence," is using an experimental design to assess nine post-secondary career Pathways programs that promote improvements in education, employment, and well-being for economically disadvantaged individuals. 


ISIS is a ten-year project begun in 2007 and funded by the Administration on Children and Families to study the effectiveness of career pathways programs. Career pathways programs are designed not only to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals secure employment, but literally to set them on pathways to increasing wages and long-term self-sufficiency.


APHSA is a subcontractor for the grant. APHSA worked with Abt to identify and secure the study sites and to communicate with our members about the project’s progress.


The webinar was hosted by Cynthia Woodside of APHSA and featured presentations by Brendan Kelly, ACF project officer, Karen Gardiner, principal investigator for Abt, and Seanna Ruvkun, project manager for Health Careers for All at the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.


The recording of the webinar is posted at

The PowerPoint slides are posted at

More on ISIS is available at



2013 NASTA Meeting


The 2013 NASTA meeting was held during the Administration for Children and Families' Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) in Washington, DC on May 30th

The major topics of discussion included implementation of APHSA's Pathways initiative, APHSA's National Workgroup on Integration (NWI), TANF reauthorization, and the TANF-EBT regulations. Attendees also discussed initiatives to increase member engagement. 

For more information on the meeting or how to become more engaged, please contact your Regional Representative: 

For more information on Pathways:

For more information on NWI: