The Padua Study


James Sullivan, Reverend Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

William Evans, Keogh-Hesburgh Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame


The Padua Study is an evaluation of the impact of a Catholic Charities Fort Worth program designed to help struggling families get back on their feet. The Padua Study began with a baseline phone survey with approximately 250 individuals and families in Tarrant County, Texas who were seeking services from Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Participants who completed a baseline interview were randomly selected for either a control or a treatment group. The Padua Study will follow-up with participants one and two years after their initial baseline interview. The in-person (CAPI) interviews will last approximately 45-60 minutes in length. The study is designed to capture information about a broad range of life experiences. Examples of survey modules include employment, health situation, social support and community, service utilization, and plans and attitudes about the future.


Kerryann DiLoreto and Jaime Faus


Baseline Y1: March 2015 – November 2015
Baseline Y2: January 2016 – September 2016
CAPI Y1 1st follow-up: March 2016 – November 2016
CAPI Y2 1st follow-up: Winter/Spring 2016-17 to September 2017
CAPI Y1 2nd follow-up: March 2017 – November 2017
CAPI Y2 2nd follow-up: Winter/Spring 2017-18 to September 2018