Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Logistics

When will the next RECS be held?

ACF’s next Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency will take place in 2022. We will continue to provide updates regarding the conference via the RECS website and email list.

How can I receive updates about the conference?

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

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

CEUs are not offered at the RECS.


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 the next conference will open in 2022. Request to be added to the conference email list to receive the registration announcement.

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 see agendas from previous years?

Agendas from previous conferences are available on the website, as are videos of selected sessions.

Is it possible to view the program book from the latest conference?

Please click here to view the program book for the 2020 conference.

Will any of the conference sessions be archived?

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

Will any of the presentations be made available after the conference?

Electronic copies of the PowerPoint presentations from the conference can be requested via email.

Who is the conference intended for? Is it an academic event, or a policy conference, or aimed around technical assistance?

The conference is intended for a broad audience, including State and local government administrators, Federal officials and policymakers, and researchers. 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 the 2020 conference came from the Federal government, nonprofits, universities, research firms, State and local governments, and philanthropy.

Social Media

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

Join the RECS LinkedIn Group and follow us on Twitter at OPRE_ACF to get the latest details about the RECS.

About the OPRE

The RECS is supported by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). OPRE studies ACF programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects.