2012 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, is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference was held May 30–June 1, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

For fifteen years, the Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference has been a leading forum for welfare and poverty researchers, State and local administrators, practitioners, program operators and Federal officials and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research on welfare and related programs and policies.

The 2012 agenda focused on the most current research on welfare, employment and family self-sufficiency programs and policies, and drew on lessons from past research and experience in the field. Topics included: TANF; Education, Training and Success in the Labor Market; Child and Youth Well-Being; Fatherhood, Relationships and Strengthening Families; Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence; and Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net.

The conference is intended for a broad audience, particularly state, federal and local government practitioners and researchers. While the sessions are focused on research and evaluation, we find that these sessions are useful and have applications for policymakers, researchers and practitioners. We also host a number of sessions that support policymakers and practitioners in understanding and developing research, as well as sessions that can speak to the direct needs of practitioners. Attendees at the 2012 Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference came from the Federal government, nonprofits, universities, research firms, State and local governments and philanthropy.

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) studies Administration for Children and Families (ACF) programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies. For more information, visit the OPRE website.