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Next Steps for Employment and Training Research: Roundtable and White Papers, 2017 - 2021

Project Overview

OPRE is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of programs designed to better the employment-related outcomes of low-income individuals. To that end, the primary goal of this project is to identify gaps in knowledge of employment and training approaches for low-income populations and recipients of social safety net benefits. This aim will be accomplished by convening a roundtable of subject matter experts to discuss the current status of and gaps in the research and by producing a series of complementary white papers. OPRE may draw on this knowledge as it considers potential future directions for its research and evaluation portfolio.

The roundtable was held in January 2019 and gathered policymakers, employers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the status of and future directions for research on improving the economic prospects of low-income populations. Several white papers that build on the roundtable discussions are currently being developed.

The Next Steps for Employment and Training Research project is being conducted by MEF Associates in partnership with MDRC.

The points of contact are Hilary Bruck and Lauren Deutsch.

  • Employment and Training Programs Serving Low-Income Populations: Next Steps for Research

    Published: June 25, 2020

    The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has a long history of supporting rigorous research and evaluation on the broad range of human services programs that fall under ACF’s auspices. Many of ACF’s programs have components aimed at supporting employment among low-income populations, and, consequently, OPRE regularly supports...

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