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  • Rapid Learning: Methods to Examine and Improve Social Programs (New)

    Published: October 22, 2019
    Rapid learning methods aim to expedite program improvement and enhance program effectiveness. They use data to test implementation and improvement efforts in as close to real-time as possible. Many rapid learning methods leverage iterative cycles of learning, in which evaluators and implementers (and sometimes funders/policymakers) discuss findings, interpret them, and make adaptations to practice and measurement together. These methods can support data-driven decision-making in practice, in the spirit of ongoing improvement.   On October 25 and 26, 2018, OPRE brought together a diverse group of participants from Federal agencies, research firms, academia, and other organizations for a meeting titled, Rapid Learning Methods for Testing and Evaluating Change in Social Programs. This brief is based on a presentation at the meeting.
  • Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Program Performance Measure Improvements (New)

    Published: October 11, 2019
      The Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project is seeking public input on potential improvements to nFORM, the Management Information System used by the current cohort of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grantees. Since 2006, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), has had administrative responsibility for federal funding of Healthy Marriage (HM) and Responsible Fatherhood (RF) Grant Programs. RF grantees provide a comprehensive set of services to fathers designed to promote economic stability, foster responsible parenting, and promote healthy marriage and relationships. HM grantees offer a broad array of healthy marriage and relationship education services. The FaMLE Cross-Site Project led by ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) with funds from OFA, supports the third cohort of HMRF grant programs (funded from 2015 through 2020) by fostering high quality data collection, strengthening grantee-led local evaluations, and conducting cross-site performance measures analysis.
  • Using Data to Understand Your Program

    Published: October 3, 2019
    One approach to program improvement is to use data to help you learn about your program, identify areas for improvement, and set goals. Potential sources of data include your management information system, observations of your program, and feedback from staff members. Another source of data for program improvement is impact evaluations, like the B3 study, that compare the experiences and outcomes of program participants with those of similar populations who do not participate.
  • Matched Savings Program Strategies for Community Colleges

    Published: September 30, 2019
    Community colleges can offer aspiring students vital job skills and open doors to further postsecondary education, but paying for classes alongside living and other expenses can be challenging for students with limited means. Individual development account (IDA) programs assist low-income current and prospective students by matching their savings toward higher education expenses and by providing financial education on how to save and plan for those expenses.
  • National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0): Impact Evaluation Design Plan

    Published: September 27, 2019
    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program is designed to deliver high-quality training in the health professions to eligible individuals. A National Evaluation of 27 grants awarded in 2015 as part of the second round of HPOG grants (HPOG 2.0) is currently underway. The National Evaluation will include an Impact Evaluation of the Program’s impacts on participants and its costs and benefits, as well as a Descriptive Evaluation of the implementation, outcomes, and local service delivery systems of the grants.
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT): Documentation Report for PACT Healthy Marriage Restricted Use Data Files

    Published: September 25, 2019
    The Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation included a large-scale, random assignment examination of two federally funded Healthy Marriage (HM) programs serving low-income couples that received grants in 2011. As part of the PACT HM impact study, the study team randomly assigned 1,595 eligible couples, dividing them between either (1) a program group, which was offered HM services, or (2) a control group, which was not offered these services.
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT): Documentation Report for PACT Responsible Fatherhood Restricted Use Data Files

    Published: September 25, 2019
    The Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation included a large-scale, random assignment examination of four federally funded Responsible Fatherhood (RF) programs serving low-income fathers that received grants in 2011. As part of the PACT RF impact study, the study team randomly assigned 5,522 fathers who applied for one of the four PACT RF programs to either (1) a program group, which was offered RF services, or (2) a control group, which was not offered these services.
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 17 – September 19, 2019

    Published: September 19, 2019
    Featured items in this issue...
  • Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations: Evaluation Design Report

    Published: September 19, 2019
    An important goal of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other assistance programs is to help their participants become economically secure and achieve self-sufficiency. To meet this goal, some programs offer services to address challenges to employment such as those caused by lack of education or occupational skills, mental health issues, or lack of transportation or child care. However, for some participants, these services are not enough to help them become economically secure.
  • National Evaluation of the Second Generation of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 2.0) Design Plan for Cost-Benefit Analysis

    Published: September 19, 2019
    The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program awards grants to organizations that provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for healthcare occupations that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high...

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