2010 Conference

Note that the Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) was formerly called the Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC).


The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, held the 13th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference on June 2–4, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Goals of the Conference

For more than a decade this conference has been a leading forum for welfare researchers and analysts, State and local administrators, and Federal officials and policymakers to discuss the latest findings in evaluations of welfare programs and policies, ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs and policies, and strategies for future evaluations. The 2010 conference once again provided a forum for discussing expert and cutting-edge research on welfare programs and policies.

The conference was centered on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program while examining its links to a broad range of related programs and policies. Specific topics addressed included maximizing self-sufficiency through work and work supports; increasing employment retention and advancement; promoting child well-being; strengthening families; preventing teen pregnancy; serving young men; delivering social services through faith-based and community organizations; building assets; the links between TANF and related programs such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Supplemental Security Income, Food Stamps, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program, and housing assistance; improving program integration, performance, and management; strengthening Federal-State partnerships; and data and methodological issues.

Conference presentations featured both basic and applied research and addressed both researchers and practitioners. The conference emphasized recent findings in empirical research, particularly research based on experimental designs, rather than descriptions of research in progress. OPRE welcomed proposals from new voices in welfare research as well as from established experts.