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Save the Date: 20th RECS in 2020
The 20th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will take place May 27-29, 2020, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. Organized 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, RECS is free and open to the public. ACF will release a Call for Proposals for the 2020 RECS in summer 2019. In the meantime, find more information about the 2020 RECS and past conferences on the RECS website.
Who Should Attend the 2020 RECS?
The conference is intended for a broad audience, including state and local government administrators, federal officials and policymakers, and researchers. While conference sessions focus on research and evaluation, they also have policy and practical 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. We hope you will join us at the 2020 RECS.
Conference Location - Hotel and Travel Information
The 2020 RECS will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. Within walking distance of some of the city’s most famous attractions, the conference location is easily accessible by three airports, Amtrak at Union Station, and the Metro. Hotel booking information to reserve within the RECS room block will be provided at a later date.
Highlights from 2018 RECS
Video: New Findings in the Application of Behavioral Insights to Child Support Services
Recent research has explored how insights from behavioral science can support improved program performance in government services. This 2018 RECS panel explored three tests of behavioral interventions in child support services.
Slides and Video: Deepening Our Understanding of Racial and Ethnic Differences and Disparities
On many measures of economic well-being, African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Hispanic and Latino children and families appear to be worse off than white children and families. This 2018 RECS panel explored the factors that may contribute to the persistence, identification, and amelioration of racial and ethnic disparities.
Brief: The Learn Phase - Creating Sustainable Change in Human Services Programs
This brief on the first phase of the Learn, Innovate, Improve process describes how organizations can set the stage for continuous quality improvement by convening stakeholders and defining the problem to be solved.
Report: Findings from In-Depth Interviews with Participants of Subsidized Employment Programs
Why do participants take part in subsidized employment programs? This report summarizes themes from in-depth interviews with 80 participants.
Portfolio: Research in Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency
This report describes active and newly funded projects related to welfare, employment, and family self-sufficiency, sponsored by OPRE’s Division of Economic Independence in fiscal year 2018.
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The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services convenes the biennial Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) to present the latest findings from evaluations of programs, policies, and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency. Sign up for the RECS email list to stay up-to-date on 2020 RECS happenings and related work.
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