You are invited to register for the Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) 2022, convened by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This year’s conference will be held virtually on June 1–3, 2022 from 1:00–5:00 pm ET.

There is no cost to attend the conference, although all participants must register to access the virtual venue. We encourage you to register early in order to be able to create your profile and access the virtual venue when it opens in late May.

Virtual RECS 2022 will provide an opportunity to 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 will focus on programs, policies, and services that support families on the path to economic self-sufficiency and well-being.

This year's conference will feature presentations and discussions on the following topics:

  • 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
  • Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Expand Opportunity

Visit the conference agenda page or view the conference program book to learn more about the conference schedule and sessions.

To register online for Virtual RECS 2022, please click on the "Register" button above.

Research Mentoring and Networking Event

Separate Registration Required by June 1

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, in partnership with the National African American Child and Family Research Center and the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, wilil host a virtual Research Mentoring and Networking event at Virtual RECS 2022.

The Research Mentoring and Networking eent will be held virtually on Friday, June 3 from 12:00–12:55 pm ET, right before the third and final day of the conference starts at 1:00 pm ET.

The event is designed to facilitate relationships between mentees (conference attendees who identify as emerging scholars, including students, recent graduates, and junior staff and faculty) and mentors (senior researchers and leaders in the field) who study family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies, including the experiences of diverse populations and racial and ethnic equity in human services. Mentors and Mentees will be grouped in Zoom breakout rooms based on topical interest. Discussions will be informal, and topics will include conducting studies with diverse populations, applying an equity lens to research, and career development more broadly. This event is free and open to all RECS attendees who identify as emerging scholars but requires separate advanced registration.

Sign up to participate as a mentee by June 1.

For questions about this event, please email Sara Appel at or