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Elaine is a senior advisor at the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), specializing in data analysis and program evaluation. Her areas of expertise include child support arrears, noncustodial parents and their ability to pay child support, and the anti-poverty effectiveness of child support. Elaine is currently working on a newly created research database at OCSE that tracks custodial and noncustodial parents in the child support system. She is also the project officer for the evaluation of an eight-site OCSE demonstration project that provides employment and other support services to unemployed noncustodial parents.
Prior to joining OCSE in 2012, Elaine served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. During her final years at the Urban Institute, she led the evaluation of New York’s Strengthening Families through Stronger Fathers Initiative, which was designed to increase the employment and child support payments of disadvantaged fathers by offering a noncustodial parent earned income tax credit and employment services.