The Administration for Children & Families Common Framework for Research and Evaluation

Publication Date: March 16, 2016


This framework outlines the roles of various types of research and evaluation in generating information and answering empirical questions related to the human services provided by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Within the framework, you will find descriptions of each type of research and evaluation, including the purpose, the policy and/or practical significance justifications, the empirical and theoretical justifications, and the expectations for study design and expected outcomes.

The framework aims to:

  1. Help organize and guide ACF’s decisions about investments in research and evaluation; and
  2. Clarify for potential grantees and contractors the justifications for and evidence expected from each type of study, as well as relevant aspects of research design that would contribute to high-quality evidence.
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