About the Conference

The RECS provides a valuable opportunity to gather in Washington, D.C. and hear the latest findings from evaluations of social welfare programs and policies, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and develop strategies for future evaluations.

The conference focuses on programs, policies and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency and well-being. Past conferences have featured presentations on topics including:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (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
  • Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net

Who Should Attend

The conference is intended for a broad audience, including State and local government administrators, Federal officials and policymakers, and researchers. While conference sessions focused on research and evaluation, they have policy and practice applications. A number of sessions were designed to support policymakers and practitioners in understanding, developing, and applying research, and several sessions spoke to the direct needs of practitioners. Attendees at the 2016 conference came from the Federal government, nonprofits, universities, research firms, State and local governments, and philanthropy.

About OPRE

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.