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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 4 Issue 14 - September 8, 2016

    Published: September 8, 2016
    In This Issue: A look at the challenges and benefits to using administrative data in social policy research, takeaways from our look at Year Up's efforts to scale up its program, a webinar on multidimensional poverty in America, Chief Statistician of the United States position at OMB, & more...
  • Using Administrative Data in Social Policy Research

    Published: August 29, 2016
    Administrative data have the potential to help us answer pressing social policy questions. Government stakeholders and researchers are exploring the promises of using administrative data for research purposes. This brief summarizes an Innovative Methods Meeting that was organized by OPRE in the fall of 2015 that considered the potential benefits and pitfalls of using administrative data for research purposes...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 4 Issue 13 - August 25, 2016

    Published: August 25, 2016
    In This Issue: the approach of our systematic review of research on employment and training programs for low-income people, a blog on risk factors for college success among a group of career pathways program participants, a special call for studies on home visiting, and more...
  • Assessing the Evidence Base: Strategies That Support Employment for Low-Income Adults

    Published: August 17, 2016
    The Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review identified, compiled, and reviewed studies of employment and training interventions for low-income adults. The review seeks to provide a transparent and systematic assessment of the research evidence for the effectiveness of programs designed to improve the employment-related outcomes of low-income adults...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 4 Issue 12 - August 11, 2016

    Published: August 11, 2016
    In This Issue: A look at how relationship-based care practices can be incorporated into center-based care for infants and toddlers. Plus the lessons learned and the experiences of the Year Up career pathways program as it scaled up its program...
  • Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy

    Published: July 29, 2016
    This review of research on relationship-based care practices outlines considerations for implementing these practices in Early Head Start and childcare centers serving infants and toddlers...
  • Scaling Up to Close the Opportunity Divide for Low-Income Youth: A Case Study of the Year Up Program

    Published: July 22, 2016
    This paper discusses the experiences of and lessons learned from scaling up the Year Up program, a one-year program for low-income 18-25 year olds with a high school diploma.
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 4 Issue 11 - July 14, 2016

    Published: July 14, 2016
    In This Issue: A short video on applying behavioral science insights, two reports from our work in early care and education, a look at adolescents who recently experienced homelessness with their families, methods & techniques to evaluate social program practice & policy, risk factors some disadvantaged students face...
  • Best Practices in Creating and Adapting Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating Scales - Brief & Report

    Published: July 11, 2016
    Three principles of scale development — Dimensionality, Item Selection, & Item Scoring are especially relevant for Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) rating scales. This brief describes how using these principles can help in the development and refinement of QRIS rating scales. Attention to these principles will enhance the ability of QRIS ratings to achieve the goal of predicting observed quality scores and child outcomes...
  • Proposed Revisions to the Definitions for the Early Childhood Workforce in the Standard Occupational Classification

    Published: July 7, 2016
    This white paper addresses the 2018 revision of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). Federal statistical agencies use the SOC to classify workers and jobs into occupational categories. ACF’s proposals in this paper include changes to the titles, definitions, and placement of the occupations involving the early childhood care and education (ECCE) workforce....

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