University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Research

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) has both a national and a Wisconsin presence. Among our Wisconsin-focused efforts are:

  • a long history of research for the Bureau of Child Support in the Department of Children and Families;
  • an integrated data system harmonizing administrative data from five state agencies;
  • the DreamUp Wisconsin project that identifies and implements policies to raise net income by 10 percent for 10,000 Dane County middle-class households; and
  • the Wisconsin Poverty Project, which produces an annual assessment of poverty throughout Wisconsin.

IRP also has cooperative research agreements with several Wisconsin state agencies, and IRP Affiliates are involved in a broad array of state and local evaluations and technical assistance efforts.

In addition to linking to key Wisconsin projects, this page contains links to all of IRP’s Wisconsin-focused products and to other resources on poverty in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Poverty Research

Child Support and Subsequent Nonmarital Fertility

Child Support Debt: Tracing the Evolution of the Problem and Implications for Policy Solutions

Enhancing the Child Support Knowledge of TANF-Eligible Families and TANF Caseworkers: A Collaborative Strategy for Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children and Their Families – Outcomes Evaluation

Child Support and Income Equality

Full-Time Father or “Deadbeat Dad”? Does the Growth in Father Placement Explain the Declining Share of Divorced Custodial Parents with a Child Support Order?

Exploring Reasons for the Decline in Child Support Orders among Paternity Cases

The Wisconsin Mothers with Young Children Study (WiscMoms): Report on a Pilot Survey of Formal and Informal Support of Children in Complex Families

Use of Enforcement Actions and Their Relationship to Payments

COVID-19 and Transitioning to a Virtual Workforce

How to Better Serve Families Involved in the Criminal Justice System

Stability of Placement Arrangements Among Divorced Wisconsin Families with Sole Mother and Shared Placement Orders

Wisconsin Parents Survey: Final Field Report

Satisfaction with Placement Arrangements Among Divorced Wisconsin Families with Sole Mother and Shared Placement Orders

Analysis of the Unemployment Insurance Waiting Period in Wisconsin

Child Support in Military-Connected Wisconsin Families

Are Complex Families Becoming More Common?

Child Support Receipt and the Quality and Stability of Housing

Child Placement Arrangements and Post-Divorce Economic Outcomes

The Child Support Referral Process for Out-of-Home Placements: Potential Modifications to Current Policy

The Contributions of Nonresident Parents to Child Care Arrangements and Costs

Child Support Orders and Childcare Costs

Shared Placement and Post-Divorce Economic Well-Being

County Performance and the Role of Incarceration

Incarcerated Payers: A Review of Child Support Agency Practice

Holding Child Support Orders of Incarcerated Payers in Abeyance: Four Year Outcomes

Child Support Receipt, Moves, and School Changes

Expanding the Provision of Child Support Services to Additional Cases

Does Joint Legal Custody Increase the Child Support Payments of the Fathers of Nonmarital Children?

Reducing the Interest Rate Charged on Child Support Arrears

The Use of Child Support Guidelines in Wisconsin: 2007 to 2009

Exploring Paths to Child Support Compliance

Wisconsin Poverty Report 2018: Still in the Doldrums

Evictions and Housing Challenges in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Reducing Child Support Debt and Its Consequences: Can Forgiveness Benefit All?

Satisfaction with Child Support Agency Services and Its Relationship to Child Support Payments

Barriers to Child Support Payment

Alternative Approaches to Income Imputation in Setting Child Support Orders

Child Support Payments, Income Imputation, and Default Orders

Recent Changes to State Child Support Guidelines for Low-Income Noncustodial Parents

Cost of Raising Children and Expenditures on Children

The Use of Child Support Guidelines in Wisconsin: 2010 and 2013

Child Support Enforcement Tools and Their Relationship to Payments: A Review of County Policy and Practice

Potential Effects of a Self-Support Reserve in Wisconsin

How are Child Support Burdens Related to Child Support Payments, Compliance, and Regularity?

Changes in the Incidence of Complex Families and the Implications for Child Support Orders

States’ Treatment of High-Income Payers

Closures of Unenforceable Cases: A Review of Child Support Agency Practice

Comparing Income-Shares and Percentage-of-Income Child Support Guidelines

Post-Divorce Placement Arrangements and Children’s Test Scores

The Role of Formal Child Support in Children’s Academic Achievement

Declining Returns to Low-Wage Work in Wisconsin

Challenges and Opportunities for Engaging Noncustodial Parents in Employment and Other Services

Wisconsin Poverty Report Update: Why isn’t the Economy Doing More to Reduce Poverty in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Treading Water in 2017

Rental Housing Affordability in Dane County

Reducing high infant mortality rates in the United States

Wisconsin’s Opioid Crisis

Strategies for Involving and Engaging Fathers in Programming

The Unique Contributions of Fathers to their Children’s Development

Reducing pregnancy-Related maternal deaths in the United States

Pay-to-Stay Jail Fees in Wisconsin

Beth Vaade, Kerry Lawton, and Eric Grodsky on Research-Practice Partnerships in Education

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Progress Against Poverty Stalls in 2016

Child Support Income and Copayments in the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program

The rise and fall of poverty as a policy issue

Wisconsin Poverty Report: Technical Appendix-2008

Estimating the Cost of Children: Theoretical Considerations Related to Transitions to Adulthood and the Valuation of Parental Time for Developing Child Support Guidelines

Refugees and the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement System

The Families Forward Program Final Evaluation Report

Work-exempt TANF participants

Other Wisconsin Resources