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Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference Takes Place May 29-31 in Washington, D.C.

A photo of two hands holding paper cut outs of a family.On May 29-31, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation will host the 16th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC), in Washington, D.C. The WREC is a leading forum for:

  • Family self-sufficiency and poverty researchers
  • State and local administrators
  • Practitioners and program operators
  • Federal officials and policymakers

Attendees will be able to network with peers and discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies.

This year’s WREC features a dynamic agenda highlighting research in several areas, including:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Education, training and success in the labor market
  • Child and youth well-being
  • Fatherhood, relationships and strengthening families
  • Building and using evidence on social programs
  • Approaches to alleviate poverty and strengthen the safety net

The WREC is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, select sessions will be live streamed via the internet. Registration will be open through May 10.

Naomi Goldstein is Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of ACF programs.

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