The Institute for the Advancement of Working Families (IAWF) is a 501 (c) (3) forensic education, behavioral health, and employment services corporation. IAWF serves as a laboratory for testing promising ideas and generating best practices. Its mission is to servethe next generation of human service practitioners, researchers, policy analysts, and administrators interested in the development and management of programs and best practices for serving TANF families and the working poor. These developed programs, utilizing best practices, will assist in achieving and sustaining economic independence and wealth acquisition for America’s most vulnerable populations.
IAWF was formed in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Employment, and Training Programs in October 2001 as a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation. IAWF is managed jointly by a Board of Directors and Rotating Fellows. IAWF seeks to do its work in partnership with public and/or private entities. IAWF’s areas of activity and expertise include the following: Education and Training, Research and Systems Evaluation, and Program Development, Planning, Implementation, and Management.
Since its founding, IAWF has broadened its scope of work beyond employment training for TANF recipients and low-income workers to include the research and study of working families, notwithstanding level of income. IAWF defines its work as augmenting existing human services-i.e. filling in the program and service gaps. IAWF embraces working families and their sub-populations, especially fathers; and looks forward to building collaborative relationships at the local, state, and national level to improve America’s ever changing family dynamics.