August 2017


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Welcome to the New RECS Newsletter

We are excited to introduce the inaugural Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) Newsletter! We hope this resource will help you stay abreast of the latest conference updates, the most recent findings for research related to RECS conference tracks, and other important announcements. In order to minimize email traffic, the newsletter consolidates information in one place and will only be disseminated periodically throughout the year. We encourage you to share the newsletter with your colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
Please feel free to use the table of contents to the left to navigate to the various topic areas within this newsletter.
We look forward to sharing RECS-related research, conference updates, and other announcements in the coming months. We hope that the RECS Newsletter will be useful and help us stay connected as we prepare for the 2018 RECS!
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2018 RECS Save the Date and Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce that the 19th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held May 30 – June 1, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. This conference is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Call for Proposals for the 2018 RECS is now open. OPRE invites proposals for individual presentations and for full conference sessions. Learn more about the upcoming conference and Call for Proposals on the RECS website or go directly to the Submission Portal.

All proposal submissions are due on Friday, September 8, 2017.
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What's New with the RECS?

New RECS Website Design and Logo

The RECS website and logo have a fresh look! Check out the RECS website to see the new features and design, as well as the updated conference logo.

2018 RECS Conference Tracks

We updated the conference tracks for the 2018 RECS to reflect the latest and most cutting-edge research on self-sufficiency. The new track names and descriptions were informed by a comprehensive review of previous conferences as well as the latest research within the fields of human services, program evaluation, public policy, social policy, and social work. We also reviewed feedback from previous RECS attendees, which provided critical insight on the content that attendees considered most useful, along with suggestions for new and emerging areas of interest.
The 2018 conference will continue to focus on programs, policies, and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency, and will feature presentations on the following updated 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


Learn more about each of these tracks on the 2018 RECS Call for Proposals website.


Featured Project: The Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review 

Funded by OPRE, the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) is a web-based systematic review of the effectiveness of employment and training programs and strategies for low-income adults. ESER aims to provide practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public with a transparent and systematic assessment of the research evidence for effectiveness of programs designed to improve the employment-related outcomes of low-income adults.


The interactive website allows users to search for results by program studied, by target populations, and in other ways. The website also includes a series of briefs focused on synthesizing and examining employment strategies topics.

To learn more, visit ESER at



Please direct questions about conference content to Tiffany McCormack ( or Amelia Popham (Amelia.Popham@
Please direct any technical questions about using the online proposal submission site or any general questions about conference logistics to
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