Develop Teaching Materials based on OPRE's Research and Evaluation, 2019 - 2024

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) supports high-quality research on programs and policies that promote the well-being of children and families. However, gaps between federal and academic research can make it hard to ensure students and professionals in relevant fields are aware of OPRE’s work. To address these gaps, this project aims to create and disseminate teaching materials for post-secondary and professional development settings. 

The first stage of the project will solicit feedback to determine the feasibility and best methods for creating teaching materials based on OPRE’s research and evaluation. This will include consultation with key stakeholders and experts as well as a survey of instructors across a range of disciplines relevant for OPRE’s work and different educational contexts. Findings from the survey will inform the format, content, target disciplines, and educational level of teaching materials.

Subsequent components of the project may include:

  • Developing teaching materials based on work conducted across OPRE’s divisions;
  • Developing user-friendly web pages on the OPRE website to make the teaching materials publicly available; and
  • Creating professional development modules and/or university courses.

OPRE contracted with MEF Associates and their partners Mathematica and Prof2Prof for this project.

Point(s) of contact: Alysia Blandon and Shirley Adelstein.

Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under ACF’s Generic Clearance for Formative Data Collections for ACF Program Support (OMB #0970-0531). Related materials are available at the Survey of Higher Education Instructors to Support the Development of Teaching Materials Based on OPRE's Research and Evaluation page on