ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 20 – November 14, 2019

Impacts of the Assets for Independence Program After Three Years & Much (Much) More

Published: November 14, 2019
Administrative Data for Research and Improvement, Child Care, Early Head Start, Youth Services, Head Start, Home Visiting, Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment
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November 14, 2019 Volume 7, Issue 20  
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Featured Research and Reports

Cover for From Savings to Ownership Third-Year Impacts from the Assets for Independence Program Randomized Evaluation report
Explore findings from this randomized evaluation of the program's effects on homeownership, business ownership, and postsecondary education or training among the study's participants and participant subgroups.

First slide from A Dozen Policy Questions You Can Answer with Your Agencys Administrative Data presentation
Explore the video & resources from a webinar for Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agency staff and their partners about using administrative data to address policy questions posed by state legislators, agency heads, local child care providers, and other stakeholders.

First page of the Competency Frameworks for Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers brief
Explore this brief to learn about competency frameworks relevant to teaching and caregiving of infants and toddlers in center-based and family child care settings.

Last month our Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Naomi Goldstein, received the Data Coalition's inaugural GovDATAx Datum Award for Federal Evaluation Officer in recognition of her work at the Administration for Children and Families championing use of data for evidence-based decision-making, transparency, and accountability.

Fellowship Opportunities - Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

SRCD is accepting applications for their congressional and executive branch federal policy fellowships (applications due 1/3/20) and pre-doctoral and post-doctoral state policy fellowships (letters of intent due 1/3/20) on early childhood policy.

Learn more about this anticipated upcoming funding opportunity to support researchers in using existing early care and education data sets to address key questions on the goals and outcomes of ACF programs.

Learn more about grants to support dissertation research that will inform Head Start, local, state, or federal policy relevant to early care and education settings.

Learn more about grants to support dissertation research that answers questions with direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration.

We invite you to submit your comments to by Friday, December 6, 2019 on potential improvements to performance measures and reporting instruments in nFORM, the Management Information System used by the current cohort of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees.

Human-centered design (HCD) is an approach that promotes the generation of innovative solutions to complex problems through new, creative ways of thinking about a problem, and through intentional engagement with the beneficiaries of the solution. OPRE is inviting programs to learn about HCD and participate in a pilot study under the Human Centered Design for Human Services (HCD4HS) project. Learn more on our website about how to nominate a program for this opportunity. Self-nominations are encouraged so don't be shy, submit your nomination today! Due date is December 5, 2019.

Social Media Spotlight

Tweet from @MDRC_News - Rekha Balu @CABS_MDRC kicks off a session on Building Transparency & Reproducibility in Federal Evaluations with @epschmitt @OPRE_ACF @russ_burnett @USGSA @GrantSeanP @SBS_FSPH & MDRCs @hendr239 #2019APPAM

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