Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Logistics

When and where will RECS 2022 be held?

The Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held Wednesday, June 1 through Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Capital Hilton located at 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

How do I make a hotel reservation?

For your convenience‚ a block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for RECS attendees. More information on how to make a hotel reservation is available on the Hotel & Travel page.

How will RECS 2022 be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

At this time, we are planning to hold RECS 2022 in person. The wellness of our speakers, participants, and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the situation related to COVID-19 and share any updates on the RECS website and via email and social media.



Is there a registration fee for the conference?

Registration for this event is free and open to the public.

When will registration open?

Registration for RECS will open in spring 2022. Sign up for the RECS email list to receive the registration announcement plus other important conference updates.


Conference Content

What topics are discussed at the conference?

The conference focuses on cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies. The latest conference featured presentations and discussions on topics including: TANF Programs, Policies, and Populations; Employment and Mobility in the Labor Market; Youth Well-Being and the Transition to Adulthood; Strengthening Families, Fatherhood, Marriages, and Relationships; Evaluating Social Programs, Building Evidence, and Using Data; and Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Expand Opportunity.

Is it possible to view content from previous conferences?

Agendas and videos of selected sessions from previous conferences are available on the RECS website. Electronic copies of the PowerPoint presentations from RECS 2020 can be requested via email.

Will any of the RECS 2022 sessions be archived?

Video footage of selected sessions will be made available on the conference website and on the ACF YouTube channel.

Who is the conference intended for?

The conference is intended for a broad audience, including state and local government administrators, federal officials and policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. While conference sessions are focused on research and evaluation, they have policy and practice applications. A number of sessions are designed to support policymakers and practitioners in understanding, developing, and applying research, and several sessions will speak to the direct needs of practitioners. Attendees at RECS 2020 represented the federal government, nonprofits, universities, research firms, state and local governments, and philanthropies.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending the conference?

CEUs are not offered at RECS.


Social Media

What opportunities are there to connect with RECS via social media?

Join the RECS LinkedIn Group to get the latest details about the conference. Information about RECS is also shared on OPRE's social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


General Questions

How can I stay updated on RECS 2022?

You can request to be added to the conference email list to receive updates. You can also join the RECS LinkedIn Group and follow OPRE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Whom do I contact with additional questions?

Please visit the RECS website's Contact Us page for additional contact information..