Carolyn J. Heinrich

University of Texas at Austin
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Department of Economics

2315 Red River Street
Austin, TX
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My research focuses on social welfare policy, workforce development, education, econometric methods for social program evaluation, and public management and performance management. I engage in this research and evaluation work to improve education and training outcomes; programs for disadvantaged youth; labor market intermediaries and labor market outcomes for low-skilled and disadvantaged workers; healthcare systems transformation and their implications for the disadvantaged, and poverty reduction programs. I regularly consult and collaborate with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including international NGOs, on program evaluations and in improving program and policy design and program effectiveness.

Heinrich, Carolyn J., Patricia Burch, Annalee Good, Rudy Acosta, Huiping Cheng, Marcus Dillender, Christi Kirshbaum, Hiren Nisar and Mary S. Stewart. 2014. “Improving the Implementation and Effectiveness of Out-of-School-Time Tutoring.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 33(2): 471-494.
Good, Annalee, Patricia Burch, Rudolph Acosta, Mary Stewart and Carolyn Heinrich. 2014. “Instruction Matters: Lessons from a Mixed Method Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Services under No Child Left Behind.” Teachers College Record 16(3): 1-34.
Heinrich, Carolyn, J. and Grant R. Cummings. 2014. “The Adoption and Diffusion of Evidence-based Addiction Medications in Substance Abuse Treatment.” Health Services Research. 49(1): 127-152.
Hamersma, Sarah, Carolyn J. Heinrich and Peter Mueser. 2014. “Temporary Help Work: Multiple Job-Holding and Compensating Differentials.” Industrial Relations 53(1): 72-100.
Heinrich, Carolyn J. 2014. Parental Employment and the Well-being of Children. The Future of Children 24, No. 1: 121-146.
Heinrich, Carolyn J., Mueser, Peter and Kenneth R. Troske. 2013. “Do Public Employment and Training Programs Work? Nonexperimental Net Impact Estimates of the Workforce Investment Act Program.” IZA Journal of Labor Economics 2:6.
DOI: 10.1186/2193-8997-2-6
Heinrich, Carolyn, J. and Grant R. Cummings. 2013. “The Adoption and Diffusion of Evidence-based Addiction Medications in Substance Abuse Treatment.” Health Services Research.
DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12093
Heinrich, Carolyn J. and Hiren Nisar. 2013. “The Efficacy of Private Sector Providers in Improving Public Educational Outcomes.” American Educational Research Journal 50(5): 856 - 894.
DOI: 10.3102/0002831213486334
Cancian, Maria, Carolyn J. Heinrich, and Yiyoon Chung. 2013. “Discouraging Disadvantaged Fathers’ Employment: An Unintended Consequence of Policies Designed to Support Families.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32(4): 758-784.
DOI: 10.1002/pam.21707
Koning, Pierre and Carolyn J. Heinrich. 2013. “Cream-skimming, Parking and Other Intended and Unintended Effects of High-Powered, Performance-Based Contracts.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32(3): 461-483.
DOI: 10.1002/pam.21695
Heinrich, Carolyn J. 2011. “How Credible is the Evidence, and Does It Matter? An Analysis of the Program Assessment Rating Tool.” Public Administration Review.
Heinrich, Carolyn J. 2010. "Third-Party Governance under No Child Left Behind: Accountability and Performance Management Challenges in Supplemental Educational Services Provision." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20 (1): 59-80.
Heinrich, Carolyn J., and Gerald R. Marschke. 2010. "Incentives and their Dynamics in Public Sector Performance Management Systems." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 29 (1): 183-208.

Substantive Focus:
Economic Policy
Governance SECONDARY
Health Policy
Social Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY