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Caroline Danielson
Caroline Danielson
Policy Director and Senior Fellow


Social safety net programs, poverty
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Caroline Danielson is a policy director and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her research focuses on multiple dimensions of the social safety net, including its role in mitigating poverty, program access and enrollment, and the integration and governance of programs. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Policy Analysis and the Social Service Review. Before coming to PPIC, she was a principal analyst at the University of California’s Welfare Policy Research Project and a faculty member in the Department of Politics at the State University of New York, Potsdam. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND graduate school.

curriculum vitae

Improving Health Care Data in California
California’s Future
California’s Future: Safety Net
Balancing Budgets and Need during Recessions: California’s Safety Net Programs
Child Poverty in California
Poverty in California
The Working Poor in California
The Impact of Expanding Public Preschool on Child Poverty in California
Public Preschools in California
Emergency Department Use in California: Demographics, Trends, and the Impact of the ACA
Census-Related Funding in California
Earned Income Tax Credits in California
The CalFresh Food Assistance Program
The CalWORKs Program
Reducing Child Poverty in California: A Look at Housing Costs, Wages, and the Safety Net
Funding the Medi-Cal Program
Geography of Child Poverty in California
Improving California Children’s Participation in Nutrition Programs
Income Inequality and the Safety Net in California
Low-Income Students and School Meal Programs in California
Enrollment in Health and Nutrition Safety Net Programs among California’s Children
Child Poverty and the Social Safety Net in California
The California Poverty Measure: A New Look at the Social Safety Net
Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Social Services
California’s Welfare Recipients: Family Circumstances, Income, and Time on Aid among CalWORKs Families
CalWORKs in Transition
The State-County Fiscal Relationship in California
California’s Food Stamp Program: Participation and Cost Challenges for the State
Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Child Welfare Services
Foster Care in California: Achievements and Challenges
Foster Care in California
Sanctions and Time Limits in California’s Welfare Program
Patterns of Work Participation in CalWORKs
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