Understanding parental leave experiences: connecting the dots with a multiple-methods approach

Julia M. Goodman, Dawn M. Richardson, Anna Steeves-Reece, Lisset Dumet Poma, Anna Plumb, Kristin Wray, David Hurtado

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Abstract

This research note draws selected findings from a multiple-methods study conducted in partnership with a large public-sector employer in Portland, OR to describe the added value of this approach for research translation. We focus on how our study of a newly implemented paid parental leave policy can translate to actionable steps for two important end-users: employers and policymakers. Using administrative records (N = 579), a countywide employee survey (N = 137 leave-takers) and focus groups (N = 35), we describe how each data source contributes important and unique information about how the policy’s implementation affected diverse employees. We find gender differences in how employees changed leave-taking in response to the policy, and describe the critical but nuanced role that supervisors play. Working with employers and policymakers to develop and implement thoughtful policies will help to ensure equitable distribution of the benefits of paid leave policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-526
Number of pages15
JournalCommunity, Work and Family
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • end users
  • multiple methods
  • Paid parental leave
  • policy implementation
  • translation

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  • Sociology and Political Science
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Understanding parental leave experiences : connecting the dots with a multiple-methods approach. / Goodman, Julia M.; Richardson, Dawn M.; Steeves-Reece, Anna; Poma, Lisset Dumet; Plumb, Anna; Wray, Kristin; Hurtado, David.

In: Community, Work and Family, Vol. 22, No. 4, 01.01.2019, p. 512-526.

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Goodman, Julia M. ; Richardson, Dawn M. ; Steeves-Reece, Anna ; Poma, Lisset Dumet ; Plumb, Anna ; Wray, Kristin ; Hurtado, David. / Understanding parental leave experiences : connecting the dots with a multiple-methods approach. In: Community, Work and Family. 2019 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 512-526.
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