OPRE Fact Sheet

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Mission Statement

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is responsible for advising the assistant secretary for children and families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.

In collaboration with Administration for Children and Families program offices and others, OPRE is responsible for performance management for ACF, conducts research and policy analyses, and develops and oversees research and evaluation projects to assess program performance and inform policy and practice. The office provides guidance, analysis, technical assistance and oversight to ACF programs on: strategic planning; performance measurement; research and evaluation methods; statistical, policy and program analysis; and synthesis and dissemination of research and demonstration findings.

OPRE includes the Division of Economic Independence, the Division of Child and Family Development and the Division of Family Strengthening.


Brief Description

Purpose

OPRE studies 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. OPRE also coordinates performance management for ACF.

How it is Administered

OPRE conducts its work primarily through competitively awarded grants and contracts.

Expected Goals

OPRE aims to build and disseminate knowledge about effective approaches to helping low-income children and families.


Fiscal Year Budgets for 2010, 2011, and 2012

OPRE administers funds that Congress provides through a number of separate authorities. Most of these are linked to specific ACF programs, including Head Start, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child care, Health Professions Opportunity Grants, the Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (jointly administered with Health Resources and Services Administration), pregnancy prevention and child welfare programs. OPRE was responsible for $107 million in grants and contracts in fiscal year 2012, fiscal year 2011, and fiscal year 2010.


General information

Director/Commissioner:
Naomi Goldstein

Physical Address:
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
370 Enfant Promenade, SW
7th Floor West
Washington, DC 20447

Main Phone Number
(202) 401-9220

Fax Number
(202) 205-3598

Website Link
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre


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