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 RECS 2020 Call for Proposals Is Now Open
The 20th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) is now accepting proposals! RECS 2020 will take place May 27-29, 2020, in Washington, DC. Submit your proposal for an individual presentation, full conference session, or roundtable by August 30, 2019.
What topics can my presentation, session, or roundtable explore?
RECS focuses on programs, policies, and services that support low-income families on the path to self-sufficiency. The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites proposals within the following conference tracks:
How will proposals be evaluated?
OPRE will consider the following criteria when reviewing proposals:
  • Relevance to family self-sufficiency policy or program design and administration as outlined in the track descriptions
  • Methodological rigor, including the use of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, strong qualitative work, innovative uses of data, or well-designed alternative research methods
  • Innovative approaches or new contributions to the field
  • Accessibility to a range of attendees, including non-researchers
  • Clarity of description
Additional guidance and submission instructions are available online. Visit the RECS 2020 Call for Proposals page to learn more and submit your proposal by August 30, 2019.
Reserve Your Hotel Room for RECS 2020
Make your travel plans now to attend RECS 2020 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. Within walking distance of some of the District of Columbia's most famous attractions, the conference location is easily accessible by three airports, Amtrak at Union Station, and the Metro. For more information, visit the Hotel & Travel page on the conference website. 
Registration for the conference, which is free and open to the public, will open spring 2020. 
The NAWRS 2019 Workshop Starts July 28 - Register Today
While you prepare for the next RECS in 2020, consider attending this year's National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Workshop from 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. 
Visit the NAWRS Workshop registration page to learn more and reserve your spot. NAWRS has been a great partner with RECS, and you are likely to see many familiar faces.
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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 RECS 2020 happenings and related work.
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