As we enter a new year, I want to offer some reflections on OPRE’s work in 2021. While we remained physically apart from each other, and from all of you, we continued our collaborative work building evidence to improve the lives of children and families, and contributing knowledge to address the challenges of our time.
This year we made key advances in learning how the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery are affecting human services programs and those they serve.
Our ongoing surveys collected information about how child care and Head Start providers are faring during the pandemic. We released publications about delivering remote services to job seekers, and engaging with employers remotely. And we launched a COVID-19 resource page on our website so that you can find all of our publications related to COVID-19 in one place.
In 2021 we made progress on incorporating a race equity lens into all of our work. We launched the African American Child and Family Research Center to support research on the assets, needs, and experiences of African American children and families. We launched other new projects with a race equity focus, including one examining racial biases in employment processes and one aiming to deepen understanding of the needs and experiences of Black participants in Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood programs. We revised the ACF Evaluation Policy to name equity as an overarching goal of our learning and to emphasize the importance of equity in all of our work.
Throughout 2021, we continued to strengthen ACF as a learning organization. We offered Evaluation 101 training for over 120 ACF staff. We made progress on developing a comprehensive data governance approach for ACF. We published over 200 research and evaluation reports. And we were proud to be recognized by Results for America for the 9th year in a row as a top-performing federal agency in the areas of data, evidence, and evaluation.
In 2022, we hope you’ll keep up with our work. Please sign up for OPRE News, follow our OPRE Insights blog, and connect with us on Twitter Visit disclaimer page, Facebook Visit disclaimer page, Instagram Visit disclaimer page, and LinkedIn Visit disclaimer page if you haven’t already.
Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy 2022!
Naomi Goldstein is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research, and Evaluation. She serves as ACF’s Chief Evaluation Officer. Goldstein joined ACF as Director of the OPRE Division of Child and Family Development in 2001. She became Director of OPRE in 2004 and Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2015. Previously, she directed the United States Postal Service Commission on a Safe and Secure Workplace, an independent commission that examined workplace violence affecting the postal service and the nation. She served as project manager for the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project and as Executive Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS. Earlier in her career, she worked in the Massachusetts state government and developed infant mortality prevention programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Goldstein received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. She was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2012.