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Thank You for a Successful RECS!

We hope you enjoyed the conference and had many opportunities to exchange ideas. Download presentations from the RECS mobile app or send an email to We hope to see you in 2018!

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Download presentations, interact with attendees, and access content directly from the RECS mobile app. The app is available through December 31, 2016.

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Our Conference Has a New Name!

A new name has been developed for the conference that better reflects the range of topics and issues covered in the sessions. The Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference is now the Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).

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Past Conference Videos on ACF YouTube Channel

Livestream videos from the 2016 conference will be available later this summer. In the meantime, conference footage from previous conferences, as well as other relevant videos, can be found on the ACF YouTube channel.

The 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS)* took place June 1–3, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. For nearly 20 years, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has convened researchers, State and local administrators, practitioners, and Federal officials and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies. The 2016 RECS provided another opportunity to gather in D.C. and 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.

*Please note that the RECS was formerly called the Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC).

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Mobile Event App for RECS 2016
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