2014 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 17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference on May 28–May 30, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.

For sixteen 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 2014 agenda focused on the most current research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies while also drawing on lessons from past research and experience in the field. Topics will include: TANF; Employment and Success in the Labor Market; Innovations in Post-Secondary Education and Training; Child and Youth Well-Being; Fatherhood, Relationships and Strengthening Families; Strengthening the Safety Net: Supporting and Stabilizing Low-Income Families; and Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence.

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, these sessions 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 2014 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.