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.

Zero Dollar Orders Are Increasing

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This blog explores the increase in zero dollar orders among Current Assistance cases.

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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
  • FY 2016 Annual Report to Congress

    Published: March 7, 2018
    Highlights financial and statistical program achievements based on data reported by state and tribal child support agencies
  • 2016 Infographic: More Money for Families

    Published: December 7, 2017
    The infographic provides a high-level overview of 2016 successes in three child support areas: collections, caseload and cost-effectiveness
  • 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: August 7, 2018

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