Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

330 C Street SW
4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 401-4535 Phone
(202) 205-3598 Fax

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.

ACF's Evaluation policy (/programs/opre/resource/acf-evaluation-policy) establishes five principles to guide OPRE's work: rigor, relevance, transparency, independence and ethics.

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

Funding Types: OPRE awards grants, cooperative agreements and contracts for innovative research, demonstrations and evaluations that are responsive to ACF program priorities. All applications must meet standards of excellence in research, demonstration or evaluation design.

Target Audience: Researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders at the national, state and local levels use OPRE’s work.

Grantee Types: Governmental entities, colleges, universities, non-profit, and for-profit organizations (if fee is waived).  Grants or cooperative agreements cannot be made directly to individuals.

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