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Research Topics

Explore OPRE's portfolio of work by research topic. Check out our publications, resources, and more. 

Evaluation policy

ACF Evaluation Policy

ACF’s evaluation policy confirms our commitment to conducting evaluations and to using evidence from evaluations to inform policy and practice. 

Research clearinghouses


In addition to building evidence through a broad range of rigorous empirical studies, OPRE catalogs, reviews, and disseminates evidence related to ACF programs.

Message from OPRE on COVID-19

As the human services field is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, OPRE appreciates the flexibility, patience, and creativity of our contractors and grantees, and our programmatic partners at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. Read more >

ACF Research and Evaluation Agenda

Introducing the ACF Research and Evaluation Agenda

For some time, ACF has been pursuing learning agendas and related activities at multiple levels. At the broadest level, ACF contributes to the HHS multi-year evidence plan and HHS annual evaluation plan required of cabinet agencies by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (the Evidence Act).

Methods meeting 2020

Exploring Core Components Research in Social Services Settings

Each year OPRE convenes a meeting on innovative social science research methods. These annual meetings support OPRE’s mission to build rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the lives of children and families. 

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