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William RohePI. The purpose of this research project is to design a guide for practitioners that both assists Public Housing Agencies considering applying for the expanded demonstration and that presents a suggested planning process for developing a strong initial Moving To Work (MTW) plan. The guide will distill experiences of, and advice from, the 39 agencies currently participating in MTW. A preliminary list of topics to be covered includes:
• pros and cons of becoming a MTW agency;
• gaining resident and community stakeholders’ support;
• role of the board of directors;
• designing effective activities;
• understanding local context (economy, demographics, and activist community);
• developing data systems;
• planning for an evaluation; and
• shifting agency culture.