About the Conference

Since the first conference in 1998, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has convened researchers, State and local administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and Federal officials to discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies. RECS 2020 provides an opportunity to hear the latest findings from evaluations of human services and employment programs and policies, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and identify future evaluation needs.

Who Should Attend

The conference is intended for a broad audience, including State and local government administrators, Federal officials and policymakers, and researchers. While the RECS is focused on research and evaluation, conference sessions have policy and practice applications.


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About OPRE

The RECS is supported by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). OPRE studies ACF programs and the populations they serve through rigorous research and evaluation projects.