Understanding parental leave experiences: connecting the dots with a multiple-methods approach. By: Goodman, Julia M.; Richardson, Dawn M.; Steeves-Reece, Anna; Poma, Lisset Dumet; Plumb, Anna; Wray, Kristin; Hurtado, David A. Community, Work & Family. Oct2019, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p512-526. 15p

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.