Research Development Project on Human Service Needs of LGBT Populations, 2012-2013

Project Overview

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in coordination with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), is conducting a research needs assessment, which will focus on identifying data gaps to better understand the human service needs of low-income and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families, children, individuals, and communities.

Project activities will include site visits to selected programs to examine how these programs collect data and target services to homeless LGBT youth; documenting what is known about the well-being of low-income and at-risk LGBT individuals, families, populations, and communities, and any disparities in well-being outcomes; and creating research-focused recommendations related to any data gaps and human service needs of LGBT populations to inform ACF’s research agenda.

The contract has been awarded to Mathematica Policy Research, with their subcontractor, the Williams Institute.

The first report from this project explores provider experiences serving LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY). It aims to learn about programs’ strategies for identifying and serving LGBTQ RHY, the challenges programs face in understanding and addressing the needs of this population, and potential areas for future research. The report can be accessed here: Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth: Case Studies of Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Grantees.

The point of contact is Seth Chamberlain.