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Topic Overview

This portfolio includes research and evaluation on topics such as family formation and stability, co-parenting, marriage and father involvement. Studies include a strong focus on the implications of programs, including the effects of welfare policies, for both child and adult well-being.

Projects on this Topic

  • An Exploratory Study: Implications of Immigration Enforcement Activities for the Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families, 2012-2014

    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has initiated this project to explore...

  • Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS), 2010-2016

    Many human services programs are designed such that individuals must make active decisions and go through a series of steps in order to benefit from them — from deciding which programs to apply for, to completing forms, attending meetings...

  • Building Bridges and Bonds (B3), 2014-2019

    Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) is a rigorous evaluation study of responsible fatherhood programs designed to answer multiple practice-relevant research questions. The first year of the contract is a planning period that will involve gathering input...

  • Center For Research on Hispanic Children & Families, 2013-2018

    The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families generates new research and translates research across three priority areas—poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and early care and...

  • Ex-Prisoner Reentry Strategies Study, 2011-2015

    The Ex-Prisoner Reentry Strategies Study, being conducted by The Urban Institute, will document the implementation of selected reentry programs initially funded in FY 2011 under the Responsible Fatherhood grant program...

  • Family Strengthening Research – Annual Report

    OPRE’s family strengthening work includes research and evaluation projects related to strengthening relationships within families, supporting fatherhood, nurturing children through their families, reducing teen pregnancy and supporting youth in...

  • Family Strengthening Scholars, 2014-2016

    The Family Strengthening Scholars grant program is designed to build research capacity in the healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood field (HM/RF). These grants are to support dissertation research on HM/RF policy issues and are meant to build...

  • Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project, 2013-2015

    The purpose of the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation and Cross-Site Project is to support high quality data collection, strengthen local evaluations, and conduct cross-site analysis for Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage grantees...

  • Head Start’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood

    Head Start's 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood was held July 7-9, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Please check back in Summer 2015 for information on the next Conference. Since 1991, Head Start's Biennial...

  • Healthy Marriage/Relationship Education - Models and Measures, 2013-2015

    The purpose of the Healthy Marriage/Relationship Education: Models and Measures project, awarded to Child Trends, is to bring together experts in the field to develop recommendations for “next-generation” marriage/relationship education...

  • Healthy Marriage/Relationship Education and Responsible Fatherhood Curricula Reviews, 2013-2014

    This contract, awarded to Impaq International, is to develop a searchable tool that allows grant applicants and others interested in information about commonly used healthy marriage and relationship education and responsible fatherhood curriculum to...

  • Hispanic Research Work Group, 2011-2014

    ACF’s Hispanic Research Work Group brings together experts in a wide range of content areas relevant to ACF’s mission to assist ACF/OPRE in identifying research priorities concerning low-income, Hispanic families.

  • Home Visiting: Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers' Experiences, 2013-2015

    The Home Visiting: Approaches to Father Engagement and Fathers' Experiences Study is a qualitative project that will collect information about innovative approaches used by existing home visiting programs to actively engage and serve fathers...

  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation, 2011-2016

    To learn about the implementation and effects of these programs, ACF awarded a contract in 2011 to Mathematica Policy Research to conduct the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation. The evaluation has multiple components: separate impact and...

  • Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Multi-Component Evaluation, 2011-2017

    The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is one of multiple efforts at the Federal level to reduce teen pregnancy through the use of evidence-based programs. The goals of the PREP Evaluation are to document how programs funded through the...

  • Responding to Intimate Violence in Relationship Programs (RIViR), 2014-2015

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant problem for women and men in the United States, with one in four women and one in seven men experiencing severe physical violence by an intimate partner in his or her lifetime (Black, et al., 2011)...

  • Secondary Data Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets, 2014-2015

    OPRE awarded eight cooperative agreements to fund research to conduct secondary data analysis of archived ACF data, specifically the Building Strong Families (BSF), Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM), and Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI)...

  • Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, 2009-2015

    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation awarded a grant to ICF International to fund the launch and maintenance of the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) as a strategic part of OPRE's goal...

  • Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS), 2015-2020

    Research indicates that children and their parents fare better on a range of outcomes when living in stable, low-conflict, two-parent families. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides grants to fund healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs to strengthen and improve the quality of relationships by offering a range of services from relationship education for high school students to marriage and relationship skills...

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Two Parent Families Study 2014-2016

    The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Two Parent Families Study is a descriptive study that will collect information about two parent families who receive or are eligible to receive TANF. This study will document: 1) the characteristics of...

  • The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, 2013-2018

    The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network is a cooperative agreement awarded to Temple University. The Network will pursue three goals: 1) plan, initiate, and carry out a research agenda to build an evidence base for effective responsible fatherhood...

  • Toxic Stress and Self-Regulation Reports

    OPRE has commissioned a series of four inter-related reports titled Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress from a team at the Center for Child and Social Policy at Duke University. The team is also preparing a brief focused on implications of these reports for adolescence and young adulthood. The first report, Foundations for Understanding Self-Regulation from an Applied Developmental Perspective provides a comprehensive framework for understanding...

  • Youth Education and Relationship Services (YEARS), 2015 – 2016

    The purpose of the Youth Education and Relationship Services Project, awarded to Child Trends, is to better understand the services that federally-funded Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs are providing to youth. The project will describe the implementation of HMRE programs and the youth these programs serve, assess the alignment of HMRE programs with best practices in the field, and identify promising approaches that grantees are using to meet the needs of youth...