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If you were not able to attend the 2018 RECS, or if you missed any of the sessions, videos of select plenary and breakout sessions are available on the RECS website and ACF's YouTube Channel!

2020 RECS Call for Proposals Opens Summer 2019

The next RECS will take place in Washington, DC in 2020. Stay tuned for a Call for Proposals for the 2020 RECS in summer 2019. In the meantime, find more information about the RECS and past conferences at  

NAWRS 2019 Workshop – Proposals Due March 1

The National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Workshop, which will take place July 28-31, 2019, at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The theme of the Workshop is Collaborating Across Lines to Build Up Lives, with a focus on new collaborations across different human services stakeholders, programs, policy areas, and research domains to support the lives of individuals served through human services programs. Proposals are due March 1. For more information on proposal content and submission, visit


New Video and Reports: Early Impact Findings from Nine Career Pathways Programs
Career pathways programs connect education, training, and related supports in a pathway that leads to employment in a specific sector or occupation or to further training. OPRE’s Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project evaluated nine innovative career pathways programs across the country. New reports from all nine PACE sites explore the implementation of these programs and early impact findings, and a new video offers an overview of the career pathways framework and the goals of the PACE project.
New Report: Insights for Measuring Self-Regulation in Employment Programs
People’s ability to find, keep, and advance in a job depends, in part, on self-regulation skills like finishing tasks, staying organized, and intentionally controlling emotions and behaviors. How should we measure these skills in employment programs for low-income populations? A new report from OPRE’s Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations offers new insights for research and evaluation professionals.
New Report: Final Impacts of the Next Generation of Subsidized Employment Programs
Transitional jobs models offer individuals with barriers to employment a temporary job subsidized with public funds to help participants learn work skills and get a foot in the door with employers. This final report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration explores the long-term impacts of seven transitional jobs programs targeting people recently released from prison or low-income parents who had fallen behind on child support payments.

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