Topics

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  • Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care

    The child welfare research portfolio includes research on children who are maltreated or who are at risk for child maltreatment; children and families who come to the attention of child protective services; and children and families who are receiving...

  • Administrative Data for Research and Improvement

    Administrative data are widely recognized as an underutilized resource for building knowledge to inform social service policy and program design. It is also potentially a more cost-effective source...

  • Archived Data

    OPRE regularly archives research and evaluation data for secondary analysis, consistent with the ACF evaluation policy, which promotes rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics in the conduct of evaluation and research. One practice that OPRE implements to support these principles is the responsible archiving of data for secondary analysis....

  • Interoperability and Data Sharing

    This portfolio promotes data sharing and collaboration to enable data-driven service delivery and program administration. Examples include...

  • Methods and Tools

    OPRE is responsible for generating information and answering empirical questions related to the human services provided by the Administration for Children and Families, and promoting the use of that evidence to inform policy and practice. To do so, OPRE uses a variety of research and evaluation methods that are rigorous, relevant, transparent, independent, and ethical. This set of work...

  • ACF Performance Plans & Reports

    As required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, ACF develops an annual performance plan and report that establishes performance goals and annual targets and reports on progress...

  • Child Care

    Research in this area furthers our understanding of child care as a support for parental employment and for children’s developmental well being, and of the role of child care subsidies in allowing low-income working parents to balance work and...

  • Cross Cutting

    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation undertakes some research projects that cover multiple programmatic areas. These are included here...

  • Early Head Start

    Since the program was first authorized in 1994, Early Head Start research has examined the program’s implementation, its impacts on children and families, and a variety of special topics such as infant and toddler mental health, fatherhood and...

  • Youth Services

    This portfolio includes evaluations of approaches for helping youth make healthy choices that lead to self-sufficient adult lives. Efforts include evaluations of teen pregnancy prevention and sexual risk avoidance education strategies...

  • Head Start

    Research sponsored through Head Start funding over the past decade has provided valuable information not only to guide program improvement in Head Start itself, but also to guide the field of early childhood programming and early childhood...

  • Home Visiting

    OPRE manages research and evaluation activities related to the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The MIECHV program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families. Major research and evaluation projects include the Multi-Site Implementation Evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting (MUSE), the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project, and the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE).

  • Other

    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation undertakes some research projects related to Administration for Children and Families programs that do not fit neatly into other sections of the OPRE website. These are included here...

  • Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment

    This portfolio addresses innovative approaches for increasing economic self-sufficiency and reducing public assistance dependency...

  • Strengthening Families, Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood

    This portfolio includes research and evaluation on topics such as family formation and stability, co-parenting, marriage, fatherhood, and violence in relationships. Studies include a focus on the implications of programs and policies (including welfare policies)...

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019