OPRE Insights Blog

Celebrating Black History Month: Spotlight on Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo

February 22, 2021 | Amanda Clincy Coleman and Kim Clum
We are happy to celebrate Black History month and recognize the contributions of countless Black scholars who have shaped the social sciences -- and research and evaluation at the Administration for Children and Families.

Balancing Rigor and Ethics While Studying Programs Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Teen Dating Violence

February 9, 2021 | Samantha Illangasekare and Kriti Jain
ACF’s evaluation policy establishes five principles: rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics in the conduct of evaluations. This Teen…

Recent Impact Findings from Demonstrations Serving Noncustodial Parents

February 2, 2021 | Elaine Sorensen
Three recently completed federal demonstrations examined the impact of different program models that were designed to increase the earnings of noncustodial parents and improve the well-being of their children.  All…

How Effective are Different Job Search Approaches for TANF Applicants and Recipients?

January 26, 2021 | Lauren Deutsch
Job search assistance is a common feature of state and local cash assistance programs that are trying to move low-income populations into employment and help increase their earnings, and a core component of employment…

Recognizing National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January 19, 2021 | Mary Mueggenborg
January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and OPRE is highlighting our work building knowledge to improve services and programs for victims of human trafficking.

Introducing the ACF Research and Evaluation Agenda

January 12, 2021 | Emily Schmitt and Camille Wilson
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…

Exploring Core Components Research in Social Services Settings

January 5, 2021 | Jenessa Malin
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. Our most…

OPRE End of Year Message 2020

December 29, 2020 | Naomi Goldstein
2020 was a challenging year. Like many others, we in OPRE managed concerns about our families’, our friends’, and our own health; mourned losses; and adjusted to working from home and extra caregiving responsibilities. We…

The Virtual RECS 2020 Highlighted Collaboration, Engagement, and Resiliency

November 16, 2020 | Marie Lawrence, Victoria Kabak, Amelia Popham
OPRE’s Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) featured two weeks of virtual content in October. This biennial gathering offers attendees an opportunity to hear the latest findings from evaluations of…

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with AI/AN FACES

November 10, 2020 | Meryl Barofsky, Laura Hoard, Allison Walker
We are celebrating Native American Heritage Month by sharing some of the accomplishments of the American Indian/Alaska Native Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES). AI/AN FACES was designed to provide descriptive…