~ Social Welfare & Workforce Development
Jodi's work in social welfare and workforce development has evolved over the years, from conventional policy analysis on relevant policy problems for scholarly and practitioner communities, to teaching materials in both multimedia and written format. Her current project, the Results Initiative, is with the state of Minnesota where together they are conducting a rapid-cycle evaluation to explore how the welfare system moves from a process-orientation to a results-orientation. Their answer to that hinges on the learning network, where Jodi is helping to convene managers and front-line staff to engage purposely in system redesign and improvement over time.
Ong, Sook Jin and Jodi Sandfort. 2014. Workforce Development in Minnesota. Report for MSPWin (philanthropic funders collaborative). Minneapolis, MN.
Sandfort, Jodi R. 2014. Book review of “Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics”, edited by Evelyn Z. Brodkin and Gregory Marston (Georgetown University Press, 2013) in Social Service Review.
Office of Economic Opportunity: Capitalizing on a Nonprofit Network (with Ahna Minge), multimedia e-Case, 2013
Asset Inequality, Curated Case, 2011
Bridge to Benefits (with Maura Schramko), multimedia e-Case, 2011
Implementing an Alternative to Refund Anticipation Loans at Accountability Minnesota (with Jackie Aman and Kate Connors), multimedia Simulation, 2011
Sandfort, Jodi R. 2011. “Implementing the Earned Income Tax Credit at Accountability Minnesota,” Teaching Case – A, B, and C segments. Winner of the Snow Foundation Award for Case in Collaborative Public Management at E-PARC. Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Sandfort, Jodi R. 2010. “Designing a Safety-Net that Supports Low-Income Workers,” CURA Reporter, Spring/Summer. 40:1-2, 29-36.
Sandfort, Jodi, 2010. “Reconstituting the Safety Net: Principles and Design Elements that Support Low Income Workers,” Old Assumptions, New Realities: Ensuring Economic Security for Working Families in the 21st Century, edited by Robert Plotnick, Marcia Meyers, Jennifer Romich, and Steven Rathgeb Smith. Russell Sage Foundation, New York.
Eichers Penkert, Catherine, Nicholas Dobbins, and Jodi Sandfort. 2009. “Kujichagulia: Actively Building a Public-Nonprofit-Community Partnership.” Teaching Case – A and B segments. 1st place winner of international, double-blind peer-reviewed competition, Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Translated into Chinese
“Learning from the Master Gardeners: Promoting Family Economic Security with the Tools of Community Action,” Major address, National Association for State Community Service Programs annual fall conference, Portland, OR (October 2005).
Sandfort, Jodi R. 2004. “Why is Human Service Integration so Difficult to Achieve?” Focus (a publication of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty), 23:2, 35-8.
Laura Kaye, Demetra Nightingale, Jodi Sandfort, and Lynne Fender. 2001. “Recent Changes in Massachusetts’ Welfare and Work, Child Care and Child Welfare Systems (State Update No. 5)” Urban Institute’s Assessing New Federalism project, Washington DC, July.
Sandfort, Jodi R. 2000. “Examining the Effect of Welfare-to-Work Structures and Services on a Desired Policy Outcome.” Governance and Performance: New Perspectives, edited by Carolyn Heinrich, and Laurence Lynn. Georgetown University Press, 140-165.
Sandfort, Jodi R. 2000. “Moving Beyond Discretion and Outcomes: Examining Public Management from the Front-lines of the Welfare System,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 10:4, 729-756.
Sandfort, Jodi R, Ariel Kalil and Julie Gottschalk. 1999. “The Mirror Has Two Faces: Welfare Clients and Front-line Workers View Policy Reform.” Journal of Poverty, 3:3, 71-91.
Sandfort, Jodi R. 1999. “The Structural Impediments to Front-line Human Service Collaboration: Examining Welfare Reform at the Front-lines,” Social Service Review, 73:3, pg. 314-339.
Seefeldt, Kristin, Jodi R. Sandfort and Sandra K. Danziger. 1998. Moving
Towards a Vision of Family Independence: Local Managers’ Views of Michigan’s Welfare Reforms. Michigan Program on Poverty and Social Welfare Policy, University of Michigan, February.
Sandfort, Jodi R. and Martha S. Hill. 1996. “Assisting Young, Unmarried Mothers become Self Sufficient: The Effects of Different Types of Economic Support,” Journal of Marriage and the Family, May 58, pg. 311-326.
Hill, Martha S. and Jodi R. Sandfort. 1995. “Effects of Childhood Poverty on Productivity Later in Life: Implications for Public Policy,” Children and Youth Services Review 17:1-33.