OPRE Insights Blog

Celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

April 12, 2021 | Kriti Jain
Every April, OPRE celebrates Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month. Whether we are studying Head Start, home visiting, or economic self-sufficiency, mathematics and statistics can help us find answers to the…

Update: Embracing Learning Opportunities from COVID-19

March 22, 2021 | Nicole Deterding
OPRE and our research partners are working hard to capture information about the pandemic-related experiences of ACF programs and the families they serve. In July, we shared how OPRE was…

Introducing the New Annual Survey of Refugees (ASR) 2020

March 9, 2021 | Nicol Valdez
Historically, refugees to the United States were aided in their resettlement by churches or other community organizations. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Refugee Act in recognition of the need for government to…

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…