An important aspect of the child support program’s mission is to integrate research into effective child support policies.  Our office collaborates with grantees and many public and private partners to develop evidence-based research initiatives to produce the best outcomes for children and families.

We also collect and analyze data from state and tribal child support agencies.  We use the data to develop the Annual Report to Congress, highlighting program achievements and statistics about caseload, collections and expenses.

2017 Infographic: More Money for Families

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This infographic provides a high-level overview of 2017 success in three child support areas: collections, caseload and cost-effectiveness.

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Do Parents Who Owe the Most Child Support Debt Have Reported Income?

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This blog looks at whether parents with large child support arrears have the potential ability to pay.

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Top Data Resources

  • FY 2017 Preliminary Data Report

    Published: May 31, 2018
    Announces the release of the FY 2017 Preliminary Data Report
  • Data Blog: Analyze This!

    Published: December 1, 2017
    The blog provides in-depth analysis of child support data to inform child support professionals and other stakeholders about national child support trends
  • Story Behind the Numbers Fact Sheet Series & Papers

    Published: January 13, 2017
    Series featuring data collected by state, tribal and federal agencies to inform policy and practice and strengthen program outcomes
  • Forms

    Published: November 3, 2016
    Collection of OCSE forms and instructions for state and tribal child support agencies to report (OCSE-34, OCSE-157, etc.)
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Last Reviewed: September 12, 2018

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