Looking Back at New FY21 Projects

January 10, 2022
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As we begin 2022, we are pleased to share some of the new projects we funded in 2021. We began new work in areas such as participatory research methods and extended our work on data governance practices.  We launched new grant programs such as our African American Child and Family Research Center and awarded twenty Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development Grants. New projects reflect our ongoing commitment to supporting rigorous and relevant research in areas including child care, child welfare, Head Start, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood,  home visiting, TANF, youth services, and more, while we continue our focus on incorporating a race equity lens into all of our work and strengthening and supporting the ACF  Research and Evaluation Agenda. Read below to learn about some of the new projects OPRE funded in 2021 and click through to the new project pages on our website to learn more.


  1. ACF Human Services Interoperability Support
    • Contractor: Goldbelt Frontier

  1. Advancing Contextual Analysis and Methods of Participant Engagement 
    • Contractor: Urban Institute

  1. Assessing the Evidence: What Works in Home Visiting?
    • Contractor: Mathematica 

  1. Chafee Strengthening Outcomes for Transition to Adulthood
    • Contractor: Westat

  1. Child Welfare Study to Enhance Equity with Data (CW-SEED)
    • Contractor: Mathematica with partners at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the University of North Carolina School of Social Work

  1. Culture of Continuous Learning (CCL) Project
    • Contractor: Child Trends, with partners at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, JRA Consulting, Ltd., the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Mathematica Policy Research

  1. Data Governance Consulting and Support Extension Contract
    • Contractor: SRI International, with partners AnLar and WestEd

  1. Employment Processes as Barriers to Employment in the Lower-Wage Labor Market
    • Contractor: Abt Associates

  1. Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development Grants Evaluation Support
    • Contractor: Mathematica and its partner The Adjacent Possible

  1. Measuring, Supporting, and Understanding Child and Caregiver Well-being through Employment and Self-Sufficiency Research (Measuring SUCCESS)
    • Contractor: Mathematica

  1. National Survey of Early Care and Education 2024
    • Contractor: NORC at the University of Chicago, with partners from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and Child Trends

  1. Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Local Evaluation Support and Dissemination
    • Contractor: Abt Associates with its partners Child Trends and James Bell Associates

  1. Preliminary Activities to Support Future Data Collection for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW)
    • Contractor: RTI International

  1. Promising Occupations Achievable through Education or Training for Low-Income Families
    • Contractor: MEF Associates

  1. Race Equity for Fatherhood, Relationship, and Marriage Programs to Empower Black Families (REFRAME)
    • Contractor: MEF Associates with its partner Insight Policy Research

  1. Supporting Family Economic Well-Being through Home Visiting (HomeEc)
    • Contractor: Mathematica with partners James Bell Associates, Start Early, and Decision Information Resources, Inc.

  1. TANF and Child Support Moving Forward: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Further Incorporating Customer Input
    • Contractor: Mathematica and its partner MEF Associates

  1. TANF Policies: Welfare Rules Database 2021
    • Contractor: Urban Institute

  1. Understanding and Expanding the Reach of Home Visiting
    • Contractor: Mathematica 

  1. Understanding Supply-Building and Sustainability Efforts of the Child Care and Early Education (CCEE) Market (2021-2026)
    • Contractor: Urban Institute


  1. African American Child and Family Research Center
    • Grant Recipient: Morehouse School of Medicine

  1. Behavioral Interventions Scholars
    New Grant Recipients:
    • University of North Carolina Greensboro 
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
    • University of Iowa 

  1. Coordinated Evaluations of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies and Initiatives
    Grant Recipients:
    • Child Trends
    • Children's Hospital Corporation
    • Education Development Center
    • Georgia State University Research Foundation
    • Public Policy Associates
    • Public Policy Institute of California
    • Regents of the University of Minnesota
    • The University of Chicago
    • Trustees of Boston University
    • Urban Institute 

  1. Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants
    Grant Recipients:
    • University of Nebraska—Lincoln
    • Ohio State University

  1. Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Dissertation Grants  
    Grant Recipients:
    • Purdue University
    • Tufts University
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    • Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma
    • Harvard Graduate School of Education

  1. Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development Grants
    Grant Recipients:
    • Maggie's Place, Inc. 
    • Community Action Commission  
    • Brighton Center, Inc. 
    • OneHeart 
    • Housing Authority of City of Austin 
    • Cook Inlet Tribal Council 
    • Lutheran Services in Iowa 
    • HomeFront, Inc.
    • Michaels Community Services Corp. 
    • Northern Virginia Family Service 
    • Bethany Christian Services Michigan 
    • Family Assistance for Renaissance Men 
    • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives Inc. 
    • FamilyWise Services 
    • Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. 
    • Community Partnership SE Missouri 
    • Ascentria Community Services, Inc. 
    • Project Self-Sufficiency Sussex Co. 
    • Korean Community Service Center 
    • Prevent Child Abuse Virginia 

  1. Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for ECE Workforce Well-Being
    Grant Recipients:
    • Georgetown University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • University of Colorado Denver
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    • University of Oklahoma
    • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  1. Human Services Interoperability Innovations
    Grant Recipients:
    • Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP)
    • Delaware School Based Health Alliance (SBHA) Data Interoperability and Sharing Cooperative (DISCO)
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