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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Children and families can benefit when early care and education services are coordinated with other health and human ser...
06/04/2021
Assessing Models of Coordinated Services: A Scan of State and Local Approaches to Coordinating Early Care and Education with other Health and Human Services

Children and families can benefit when early care and education services are coordinated with other health and human services. The Assessing Models of Coordinated Services (AMCS) project seeks to improve understanding of approaches to this type of coordination.

This first report from the project, from our research partners at Mathematica, shares findings from a national scan of existing state and local coordinated services approaches.

The first report from the Assessing Models of Coordinated Services descriptive study shares findings from a national scan of existing state and local approaches to coordinating early care and education services with other health and human services for children and families with low incomes.

For Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agencies, some reasons for engaging stakeholders in research include:• Involv...
06/04/2021
Engaging Stakeholders in Research: Tips for CCDF Lead Agencies

For Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agencies, some reasons for engaging stakeholders in research include:

• Involving stakeholders can improve the quality of your research.
• Engaging stakeholders can improve the usefulness of your research.
• By listening to and learning from stakeholders you can get a more complete picture of strengths and challenges that support stronger operational and policy decisions.

Learn more about stakeholder engagement in our new brief from the Urban Institute.

Explore how Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Agencies can identify, engage, and involve stakeholders.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 required lead agencies to fund activities aimed at improv...
06/04/2021
State and Territory Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Investments in Early Care and Education Quality

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 required lead agencies to fund activities aimed at improving the quality of early care and education services.

Over time, almost all states and territories planned to make investments and then reported investments in workforce training and professional development, their Quality, Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), infant and toddler supply and quality, and compliance of health standards.

Learn more in our new report from Child Trends, MEF Associates and ASPE.

Explore how State and Territory Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grantees planned and reported their investments in quality activities and how they measured progress to improve quality.

Learn more in our new brief that shares data visualizations from the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 data collections of the A...
06/04/2021

Learn more in our new brief that shares data visualizations from the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 data collections of the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Children Experiences Survey (AIAN FACES). https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/training-technical-assistance/presentation-american-indian-and-alaska-native-head-start-family

Learn more in our new brief that shares data visualizations from the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 data collections of the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Children Experiences Survey (AIAN FACES). https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/training-technical-assistance/presentation-american-indian-and-alaska-native-head-start-family

OPRE is pleased to announce that the 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held Jun...
06/04/2021

OPRE is pleased to announce that the 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held June 1-3, 2022, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. RECS 2022 will provide a valuable opportunity to hear the latest findings from human service evaluations, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and identify future evaluation needs.

OPRE will release a Call for Proposals for RECS 2022 soon. In the meantime, learn more about RECS 2022 and past conferences: https://buff.ly/2GTvx1J

OPRE is pleased to announce that the 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held June 1-3, 2022, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. RECS 2022 will provide a valuable opportunity to hear the latest findings from human service evaluations, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and identify future evaluation needs.

OPRE will release a Call for Proposals for RECS 2022 soon. In the meantime, learn more about RECS 2022 and past conferences: https://buff.ly/2GTvx1J

The five Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants - HPOG 2.0 grantees are Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Cankdes...
06/04/2021
Tribal HPOG 2.0: Integration of Tribal Culture into Healthcare Training Programs

The five Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants - HPOG 2.0 grantees are Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board, Turtle Mountain Community College, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

Our new practice brief from our research partners at NORC at the University of Chicago shares how these grantees and their partners are incorporating Tribal culture into training programs.
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/report/tribal-hpog-20-integration-tribal-culture-healthcare-training-programs

Find out more on how HPOG 2.0 Tribal grantees incorporated cultural aspects into their healthcare training programs

OPRE makes grants to support research in areas such as child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, child welfare, home ...
06/04/2021

OPRE makes grants to support research in areas such as child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, child welfare, home visiting, welfare and employment, strengthening families and healthy marriage, and family and youth services. Check out our grants page to learn more about active grant opportunities: https://buff.ly/3b94Lln

OPRE makes grants to support research in areas such as child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, child welfare, home visiting, welfare and employment, strengthening families and healthy marriage, and family and youth services. Check out our grants page to learn more about active grant opportunities: https://buff.ly/3b94Lln

Our Head Start University Partnership grant program is open for applications! We intend to award up to eight cooperative...
06/04/2021

Our Head Start University Partnership grant program is open for applications! We intend to award up to eight cooperative agreements to support projects that will contribute to the knowledge base regarding the individual, program, and community factors that promote the well-being of Head Start and/or Early Head Start education staff (i.e., teachers and assistant teachers). Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide programs in their decisions regarding strategies for improving education staff well-being.

Letters of intent are due 6/4, and applications are due 7/6.

Our Head Start University Partnership grant program is open for applications! We intend to award up to eight cooperative agreements to support projects that will contribute to the knowledge base regarding the individual, program, and community factors that promote the well-being of Head Start and/or Early Head Start education staff (i.e., teachers and assistant teachers). Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide programs in their decisions regarding strategies for improving education staff well-being.

Letters of intent are due 6/4, and applications are due 7/6.

Is your organization implementing an intervention to increase self-sufficiency of families with low incomes? Are you int...
06/03/2021

Is your organization implementing an intervention to increase self-sufficiency of families with low incomes? Are you interested in receiving funding and technical support to strengthen and evaluate that intervention?

Our Family Self-Sufficiency Development Demonstration grant program is open for applications! These 24-month cooperative agreements are intended to support evaluation-related activities for organizations using coordinated, client-centered approaches to improve family self-sufficiency. With the support of a federally funded technical assistance provider, grantees will increase their capacity to conduct research and evaluation, use evidence to strengthen their programs, and demonstrate the value of their program to stakeholders.

Letters of intent are due 6/2/21. Applications are due 7/2/21.

Is your organization implementing an intervention to increase self-sufficiency of families with low incomes? Are you interested in receiving funding and technical support to strengthen and evaluate that intervention?

Our Family Self-Sufficiency Development Demonstration grant program is open for applications! These 24-month cooperative agreements are intended to support evaluation-related activities for organizations using coordinated, client-centered approaches to improve family self-sufficiency. With the support of a federally funded technical assistance provider, grantees will increase their capacity to conduct research and evaluation, use evidence to strengthen their programs, and demonstrate the value of their program to stakeholders.

Letters of intent are due 6/2/21. Applications are due 7/2/21.

The Supporting and Strengthening the Home Visiting Workforce (SAS-HV) project is seeking input from a broad array of sta...
06/03/2021
Call for Information: Seeking Strategies, Resources, and Measures to Support Home Visitor Professional Well-Being

The Supporting and Strengthening the Home Visiting Workforce (SAS-HV) project is seeking input from a broad array of stakeholders, such as home visiting models, state, territory, and tribal MIECHV programs, local home visiting programs, and related technical assistance and service providers. We are specifically looking for input on:

1. Strategies related to home visitor professional well-being
2. Resources related to home visitor professional well-being
3. Measures of home visitor professional well-being

Please review the opportunity on ACF’s website and send information to [email protected] by June 10, 2021.

The Supporting and Strengthening the Home Visiting Workforce (SAS-HV) project aims to advance understanding of how to support and strengthen the home visiting workforce by promoting home visitor professional well-being and reflective supervision in home visiting. The project is funded by the Office....

OPRE is pleased to announce that the 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held Jun...
06/03/2021

OPRE is pleased to announce that the 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held June 1-3, 2022, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. RECS 2022 will provide a valuable opportunity to hear the latest findings from human service evaluations, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and identify future evaluation needs.

OPRE will release a Call for Proposals for RECS 2022 soon. In the meantime, learn more about RECS 2022 and past conferences: https://buff.ly/2GTvx1J

OPRE is pleased to announce that the 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held June 1-3, 2022, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. RECS 2022 will provide a valuable opportunity to hear the latest findings from human service evaluations, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and identify future evaluation needs.

OPRE will release a Call for Proposals for RECS 2022 soon. In the meantime, learn more about RECS 2022 and past conferences: https://buff.ly/2GTvx1J

Join us for a ZERO TO THREE webinar on June 16th at 2 PM to learn more about the We Grow Together (WGT) Professional Dev...
06/03/2021
Zero To Three eLearn: Experiences with We Grow Together, a Professional Development System to Support Caregiver-Child Interactions for Infants and Toddlers

Join us for a ZERO TO THREE webinar on June 16th at 2 PM to learn more about the We Grow Together (WGT) Professional Development System field test. WGT aims to improve the quality of caregiving in early childhood settings by helping infant-toddler caregivers understand how their interactions with young children support child development. The webinar will address the following questions:

• Who were the caregivers and PD providers in the WGT field test?
• What types of relationships did caregivers have with their PD providers before participating in the WGT Field Test (fall 2018)?
• What types of PD experience did caregivers and their PD providers have before participating in the WGT Field Test (fall 2018)?
• What types of PD experiences did caregivers have during the WGT Field Test?
• How did caregivers change from fall 2018 to spring 2019?

Infant-toddler caregivers often have few opportunities for systematic professional development (PD) and little is known about the specific PD strategies that may support their practice. This webinar will describe the professional development experiences of caregivers who participated in a field test...

Our new grant program will fund an African American Child and Family Research Center. The Center will ideally address a ...
06/02/2021

Our new grant program will fund an African American Child and Family Research Center. The Center will ideally address a range of relevant issues including, but not limited to:
a) definition and measurement of the experiences of African American individuals, families, and communities;
b) identification of barriers and facilitators of service utilization by African American populations;
c) examination of strategies to promote the social and economic well-being of African American children and families; and
d) evaluation of promising approaches for serving African American populations.

Learn more about this grant opportunity.
https://buff.ly/2Nj6ht6

Our new grant program will fund an African American Child and Family Research Center. The Center will ideally address a range of relevant issues including, but not limited to:
a) definition and measurement of the experiences of African American individuals, families, and communities;
b) identification of barriers and facilitators of service utilization by African American populations;
c) examination of strategies to promote the social and economic well-being of African American children and families; and
d) evaluation of promising approaches for serving African American populations.

Learn more about this grant opportunity.
https://buff.ly/2Nj6ht6

National Reunification Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of families who have overcome an a...
06/02/2021

National Reunification Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of families who have overcome an array of challenges to reunify safely and successfully, as well as the systems, policies and programs that support them.

We are proud to highlight this recent report from our Expanding Evidence on Replicable Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families project, which describes the steps we took to understand the range of recovery coaching interventions in child welfare, identify interventions that show promise for improving outcomes, and gauge their readiness for replication and further evaluation.

This is a research partnership with Abt Associates, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and Faces & Voices of Recovery.

https://buff.ly/3sCmng6

National Reunification Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of families who have overcome an array of challenges to reunify safely and successfully, as well as the systems, policies and programs that support them.

We are proud to highlight this recent report from our Expanding Evidence on Replicable Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families project, which describes the steps we took to understand the range of recovery coaching interventions in child welfare, identify interventions that show promise for improving outcomes, and gauge their readiness for replication and further evaluation.

This is a research partnership with Abt Associates, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and Faces & Voices of Recovery.

https://buff.ly/3sCmng6

Our Head Start University Partnership grant program is open for applications! We intend to award up to eight cooperative...
06/02/2021

Our Head Start University Partnership grant program is open for applications! We intend to award up to eight cooperative agreements to support projects that will contribute to the knowledge base regarding the individual, program, and community factors that promote the well-being of Head Start and/or Early Head Start education staff (i.e., teachers and assistant teachers). Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide programs in their decisions regarding strategies for improving education staff well-being.

Letters of intent are due 6/4, and applications are due 7/6.

https://buff.ly/3fYPVAt

Our Head Start University Partnership grant program is open for applications! We intend to award up to eight cooperative agreements to support projects that will contribute to the knowledge base regarding the individual, program, and community factors that promote the well-being of Head Start and/or Early Head Start education staff (i.e., teachers and assistant teachers). Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide programs in their decisions regarding strategies for improving education staff well-being.

Letters of intent are due 6/4, and applications are due 7/6.

https://buff.ly/3fYPVAt

Have you recently completed research examining the effectiveness of an intervention that aims to support employment amon...
06/02/2021
Call for Papers

Have you recently completed research examining the effectiveness of an intervention that aims to support employment among people with low incomes?
If so, submit your work to the Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse’s new Call for Papers. The Clearinghouse, with our research partners at Mathematica, is especially interested in research on interventions that support employment through strategies other than employment services and training such as mental health services, two-generation programs, or housing programs. The submission deadline is June 30, 2021. More information is available at

The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse is a comprehensive, transparent, and systematic assessment of the effectiveness of interventions designed to help low-income job seekers succeed in the labor market.

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