Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation - OPRE

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation - OPRE The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) studies Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects.

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) studies Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies. We also coordinate performance management for ACF. We have three divisions: •The Division of Economic Independence focuses on welfare and employment. •The Division of Child and Family Development focuses on child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, and child abuse and neglect. •The Division of Family Strengthening focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, youth development, healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, and home visiting. A number of audiences use our research to inform their work including: •ACF program offices •Federal, state and local policymakers •Researchers •Training and technical assistance providers •Practitioners, such as program directors and state and county administrators

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Check out the latest issue of OPRE News! Explore our new publications and a list of our recently awarded grants and cont...
10/30/2020
OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 20 – October 29, 2020

Check out the latest issue of OPRE News! Explore our new publications and a list of our recently awarded grants and contracts:

Strategies to Integrate Self-Regulation into Healthy Marriage Programs for Youth and Much (Much) More

10/29/2020
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The Head Start Dissertation grants support dissertation research related to Head Start, local, state, or federal policy relevant to early care and education settings.

Learn more about these grant opportunities.

That’s a wrap on the 2020 #OPREmethods meeting. Thanks to all the engaging speakers and attendees – and to you for follo...
10/29/2020

That’s a wrap on the 2020 #OPREmethods meeting. Thanks to all the engaging speakers and attendees – and to you for following along!

Find presenters’ slides at https://buff.ly/35HJzAs

Dirk Butler discussed the importance of cultural match in considering treatments, programs, and practices for communitie...
10/29/2020

Dirk Butler discussed the importance of cultural match in considering treatments, programs, and practices for communities using an equity lens at the 2020 OPRE Methods Meeting this afternoon.

Today is the second day of our annual methods meeting for 2020: Exploring Core Components Research in Social Services Se...
10/29/2020

Today is the second day of our annual methods meeting for 2020: Exploring Core Components Research in Social Services Settings!

Learn more at https://buff.ly/35HJzAs

"Core components is about finding a new way to get information to do what we need it to do." – Bruce Chorpita at the 202...
10/28/2020

"Core components is about finding a new way to get information to do what we need it to do." – Bruce Chorpita at the 2020 #OPREmethods meeting.

That’s a wrap on day one of our 2020 #OPREmethods meeting. Thanks to all the engaging speakers and attendees!
10/28/2020

That’s a wrap on day one of our 2020 #OPREmethods meeting. Thanks to all the engaging speakers and attendees!

We’re looking for innovative approaches to the implementation of infant and toddler teacher and caregiver competency fra...
10/28/2020
Infant and Toddler Teacher and Caregiver Competency Frameworks: In Search of Information

We’re looking for innovative approaches to the implementation of infant and toddler teacher and caregiver competency frameworks being used to build the capacity of the infant and toddler care and education workforce and support quality improvement.

Visit our site to learn how you can share information on the implementation of competency frameworks used in states, institutes of higher education, professional organizations, or early care and education programs to inform a project with our research partner Mathematica: Progress Together.

Submissions are due 12/1/20.

How are competency frameworks being used to build the capacity of the infant and toddler care and education workforce and support quality improvement? Share information about the implementation of competency frameworks for infant and toddler teachers and caregivers. We are seeking information about....

This year, the Administration for Children and Families - ACF is celebrating 25 years of providing family-centered servi...
10/27/2020
Examining the Conversion of Enrollment Slots from Head Start to Early Head Start

This year, the Administration for Children and Families - ACF is celebrating 25 years of providing family-centered services to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers through the Early Head Start program.

Read our latest post to learn about our new project examining how and why Head Start grantees shift funding from services for Head Start preschool-age children to Early Head Start services.

This year, the Administration for Children and Families is celebrating 25 years of providing family-centered services to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers through the Early Head Start program.

Every year we come together at the OPRE Methods Meeting to explore innovations in social science research methods and th...
10/27/2020

Every year we come together at the OPRE Methods Meeting to explore innovations in social science research methods and their potential applications to federally funded studies.

This year, we will convene virtually, and we are excited for the start of the meeting tomorrow.

Providing open access to journals, preprints, and the peer review process to help readers better evaluate the quality of...
10/27/2020
Methods for Promoting Open Science in Social Policy Research

Providing open access to journals, preprints, and the peer review process to help readers better evaluate the quality of research and detect errors can promote #OpenScience.

Take a look back at insights from our 2019 #OPREmethods.

“Open science” represents a broad movement to make all phases of research—from design to dissemination—more transparent and accessible. The scientific community and Federal agencies that support research have a growing interest in open science methods in response to highly publicized news st...

"At its heart, open science is a principle of good government." -- Erica Zielewski at the 2019 OPRE methods meetingLook ...
10/26/2020

"At its heart, open science is a principle of good government." -- Erica Zielewski at the 2019 OPRE methods meeting

Look back at insights from our 2019 #OPREmethods meeting in the lead up to this year’s meeting. https://buff.ly/2KpA3Yk

Pre-registering analysis plans before conducting analyses to enable research consumers to calibrate the results themselv...
10/26/2020
Methods for Promoting Open Science in Social Policy Research

Pre-registering analysis plans before conducting analyses to enable research consumers to calibrate the results themselves can promote #OpenScience.

Look back at insights from our 2019 #OPREmethods meeting in the lead up to this year’s meeting.

“Open science” represents a broad movement to make all phases of research—from design to dissemination—more transparent and accessible. The scientific community and Federal agencies that support research have a growing interest in open science methods in response to highly publicized news st...

Pre-registering analysis plans is a tool researchers can use to promote #OpenScienceLook back at insights from our 2019 ...
10/25/2020
Methods for Promoting Open Science in Social Policy Research

Pre-registering analysis plans is a tool researchers can use to promote #OpenScience

Look back at insights from our 2019 #OPREmethods meeting in the lead up to this year’s meeting.

“Open science” represents a broad movement to make all phases of research—from design to dissemination—more transparent and accessible. The scientific community and Federal agencies that support research have a growing interest in open science methods in response to highly publicized news st...

What can the research community do to promote #OpenScience and build a “self-correcting” culture?Look back at insights f...
10/24/2020
Methods for Promoting Open Science in Social Policy Research

What can the research community do to promote #OpenScience and build a “self-correcting” culture?

Look back at insights from our 2019 #OPREmethods meeting in the lead up to this year’s meeting.

“Open science” represents a broad movement to make all phases of research—from design to dissemination—more transparent and accessible. The scientific community and Federal agencies that support research have a growing interest in open science methods in response to highly publicized news st...

Our grantee, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, reviewed TANF policies and administrative p...
10/23/2020
State-level TANF Policies and Practice May Shape Access and Utilization among Hispanic Families - Hispanic Research Center

Our grantee, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, reviewed TANF policies and administrative practices in the 13 states where 80% of Hispanic children in families with low income live.

Read their new brief to discover what they learned about how TANF eligibility policies and the application process can affect whether Hispanic families with low income use cash assistance.

Oct 15, 2020 Research PublicationShare: share on twitter share on facebook State-level TANF Policies and Practice May Shape Access and Utilization among Hispanic FamiliesAuthors: Lisa A. Gennetian Zoelene HillDakota Ross-Cabrera Download brief as a PDF Overview*Temporary Assistance to Needy Families...

What is core components research? Our annual methods meeting Oct 28-29 will explore how to identify and evaluate core co...
10/23/2020

What is core components research? Our annual methods meeting Oct 28-29 will explore how to identify and evaluate core components, the potential value of doing so, and considerations for applying this approach.

Home visits to expectant mothers and new parents can help get parenthood off to a healthy start. In a new publication, t...
10/23/2020
What the Evidence Says: Intimate Partner Violence and Home Visiting

Home visits to expectant mothers and new parents can help get parenthood off to a healthy start. In a new publication, the HomVEE project looks at whether those visits may also help reduce the risk of intimate partner violence, when delivered as part of models that HomVEE has determined to be evidence based according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services criteria.

Home visiting services geared toward pregnant women and families with young children offer an opportunity to intervene and support mothers at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV). In theory, effective services might reduce the incidence of IPV and thereby reduce the likelihood that children witn...

That’s a wrap for the Virtual #RECS2020!Thanks to everyone for a great two weeks of discussion and learning. We’ll see y...
10/22/2020

That’s a wrap for the Virtual #RECS2020!

Thanks to everyone for a great two weeks of discussion and learning. We’ll see you in two years at #RECS2022!

Thanks to all speakers and attendees. It was an amazing conference. Make sure to tell us about your conference experiences through the Virtual RECS 2020 conference evaluation. We value your input.

Pay for outcomes is a payment model that promotes innovative financing for social initiatives, connecting funding to out...
10/22/2020
Planning for a Pay for Outcomes Approach in Home Visiting: A Review of Research to Inform Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Outcome Selection, Projected Savings, and Pricing

Pay for outcomes is a payment model that promotes innovative financing for social initiatives, connecting funding to outcomes and cost savings.

Explore this resource that summarizes research findings on home visiting outcomes and their associated costs to support pay for outcomes planning for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program awardees.

A technical assistance product of James Bell Associates.

Pay for outcomes (PFO) is a payment model that promotes innovative financing for social initiatives, connecting funding to outcomes and cost savings. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 allows Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program awardees to implement PFO initiatives. P...

Do you know about the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse?It’s a clear and comprehensive resource for data on the ef...
10/21/2020

Do you know about the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse?

It’s a clear and comprehensive resource for data on the effectiveness of employment programs and interventions. Learn how it can inform federal, state, and local policy decisions in a webinar featuring experts from the Pathways Clearinghouse on Monday, October 26, 2020, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET.

Join us and Mathematica: Progress Together for this webinar designed to help policy experts and other stakeholders improve outcomes for job seekers living on low incomes—and deliver services despite the challenges of COVID-19.

https://buff.ly/34hV7Ld

10/21/2020
Emerging Scholars Poster Session: Lightning Round II

Please tune in to the second set of five-minute “lightning round” presentations from the Emerging Scholars—researchers and scholars early in their careers who were selected to participate in the conference. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Scholars’ posters will also be available for viewing in the virtual Poster Gallery throughout the conference. This session will be moderated by Selma Caal (Administration for Children and Families).

We're going live in just 15 minutes! Please tune in here to the five-minute “lightning round” presentations from the Vir...
10/21/2020

We're going live in just 15 minutes! Please tune in here to the five-minute “lightning round” presentations from the Virtual RECS 2020 Emerging Scholars.

We're going live this afternoon! Join us here at 2:30 EST for a stream of the second #RECS2020 Emerging Scholar poster s...
10/21/2020

We're going live this afternoon! Join us here at 2:30 EST for a stream of the second #RECS2020 Emerging Scholar poster session.

HomVEE has just released 2020 results for the Track 1 review, which focuses on models that were not previously evidence-...
10/20/2020
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness Review - Brief (September 2020)

HomVEE has just released 2020 results for the Track 1 review, which focuses on models that were not previously evidence-based. The release updates review of one previously reviewed model, Following Baby Back Home. Based on the updated review, this model does not meet U.S. Department of Health and Human Services criteria for an evidence-based model. HomVEE will release updates to evidence-based models this winter. HomVEE has also released a new publication on intimate partner violence and home visiting.

This summary brief presents the latest updates (September 2020) to the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review of home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age five. The summary provides an overview of the review process, a summar...

Interested in connecting with fellow #RECS2020 participants? Visit the virtual Networking Lounge to see who is attending...
10/20/2020

Interested in connecting with fellow #RECS2020 participants? Visit the virtual Networking Lounge to see who is attending and chat with other participants and speakers.

Happening now at #RECS2020: OPRE's Naomi Goldstein is discussing the Administration for Children and Families - ACF Eval...
10/20/2020
ACF Evaluation Policy

Happening now at #RECS2020: OPRE's Naomi Goldstein is discussing the Administration for Children and Families - ACF Evaluation Policy and its principles that guide our work. Learn more about the policy: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/acf-evaluation-policy

ACF’s evaluation policy confirms our commitment to conducting evaluations and to using evidence from evaluations to inform policy and practice. ACF seeks to promote rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics in the conduct of evaluations. This policy addresses each of these principle...

James Bell Associates
10/19/2020

James Bell Associates

Conducting screenings & assessments can be a challenge for #homevisiting programs transitioning to virtual services because of #COVID19. The Tribal Evaluation Institute developed these 4 resources to provide support. #AIAN https://bit.ly/2Ypuh0w

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Interested in connecting with fellow RECS 2020 participants? Visit the virtual Networking Lounge to see who is attending...
10/19/2020

Interested in connecting with fellow RECS 2020 participants? Visit the virtual Networking Lounge to see who is attending and chat with other participants and speakers.

RECS 2020 participants, have you checked out the new OPRE Insights Blog? We're sharing key research findings, informatio...
10/19/2020
OPRE Insights Blog

RECS 2020 participants, have you checked out the new OPRE Insights Blog? We're sharing key research findings, information about our ongoing activities, and new insights from our staff and leadership here.
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/blog

The OPRE Insights Blog is a new way to share what we’re doing and thinking here at the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)

10/18/2020
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation - OPRE

Did you miss the first Emerging Scholar Poster Session of RECS 2020? You can still check it out! We'll be going live again here next Wednesday, October 21, at 2:30 ET.

Please tune in to the first set of five-minute “lightning round” presentations from the Emerging Scholars—researchers and scholars early in their careers who were selected to participate in the conference. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Scholars’ posters will also be available for viewing in the virtual Poster Gallery throughout the conference.

We’re looking forward to the start of the second week of the Virtual #RECS2020 tomorrow. You can still register!Join us ...
10/18/2020

We’re looking forward to the start of the second week of the Virtual #RECS2020 tomorrow. You can still register!

Join us for the conference to learn about the latest findings from evaluations of human services programs and policies. http://recsconference.net/register.htm

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