Rachel Sheffield focuses on welfare, marriage and family, and education as policy analyst in the DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.

My Articles

February 16, 2017, 9:55 AM EST
Family stability matters for children.
September 13, 2016, 3:51 PM EDT
43.1 million Americans lived in poverty in 2015.
August 18, 2016, 4:24 PM EDT
It is counterintuitive to have a welfare system that penalizes marriage.
August 3, 2016, 2:26 PM EDT
A few states that have incorporated work requirements have seen encouraging outcomes.
April 26, 2016, 12:25 PM EDT
Abraham Lincoln once said, “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.”
February 9, 2016, 9:47 AM EST
One trillion dollars—that’s how much the government spent last year on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program.
October 30, 2015, 11:02 AM EDT
Is there a connection between strong families and a thriving economy? A new study, “Strong Families, Prosperous States,” takes a step toward answering the question.
December 15, 2014, 2:39 PM EST
“Divorce is on the rise.” At least, that’s the story Americans often hear, as New York Times reporter Claire Cain Miller explained earlier this month. But what does the data say?
October 28, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT
Thirty-two percent of the growth in family income inequality since 1979 can be linked to the decline in the marriage rate.
September 4, 2014, 9:43 AM EDT
More than 14 percent of American households are “food insecure,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual “Household Food Security” report.