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  • Understanding Rapid Learning Methods: Frequently Asked Questions and Recommended Resources

    Published: November 19, 2019
    Social service program stakeholders need timely evidence to inform ongoing program decisions. Rapid learning methods, defined here as a set of approaches designed to quickly and/or iteratively test program improvements and evaluate program implementation or impact, can help inform such decisions. However, stakeholders may be unsure which rapid learning methods are most appropriate for a program’s specific challenges and how to best apply the methods...
  • Human Centered Design for Human Services (HCD4HS) Project — Nominate a Human Services Program

    Published: November 5, 2019
    Is your program facing challenges engaging children and families in service delivery? Are you facing staff turnover? Do children and families have unmet needs you would like to better address? Do you wish you spent less time on paperwork and more time on service delivery? To help identify potential solutions to problems like these, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites nominations of ACF program offices, state- or county-administered human services programs, and local ACF grantees to participate in a pilot study under the Human Centered Design for Human Services (HCD4HS) project. Programs may nominate themselves to participate. Nominations are due by December 5, 2019.
  • Rapid Learning: Methods to Examine and Improve Social Programs

    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.
  • 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.
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 17 – September 19, 2019

    Published: September 19, 2019
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  • Rapid Learning: Methods for Testing and Evaluating Change in Social Service Programs

    Published: September 19, 2019
    Social service program stakeholders need timely evidence to inform ongoing program decisions. Rapid learning methods, defined here as a set of approaches designed to quickly and/or iteratively test program improvements and evaluate program implementation or impact, can help inform such decisions. However, stakeholders may be unsure which rapid learning methods are most appropriate for a program’s specific challenges and how to best apply the methods. Additionally, they may be unsure how to cultivate a culture of continuous, iterative learning.
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 16 - September 6, 2019

    Published: September 6, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 15 – August 23, 2019

    Published: August 23, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 14 – August 8, 2019

    Published: August 8, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 13 – July 25, 2019

    Published: July 25, 2019
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