Research & Evaluation

Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation (ODARE)

ACYF's Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation (ODARE) is located within the Office of the Commissioner (OC), and provides research, program evaluation, and statistical support for the OC, the Children’s Bureau (CB), and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). ODARE provides a variety of services for ACYF including: administrative data management, analysis, and dissemination; background research; staff research training; performance measurement and monitoring; and coordination with other agencies in the areas of evaluation design, data collection, and research frameworks.

ODARE contains many highly trained research statisticians, social scientists, and analysts, from a variety of disciplines including Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Social Policy, Human Development, and Public Health.

ACYF Data Briefs

ODARE Presentations

We prepare a wide array of presentations for conferences, meetings and other purposes. We have provided some of our PowerPoint slides here as PDFs for the public. Please contact the authors of the presentation before quoting or using in other publications, as our data and modes of analysis are dynamic and may change over time.

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There are several major reports prepared by the Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation that span child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, and other child welfare related topics.

Child Welfare Data for Secondary Analysis

The National Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) Visit disclaimer page makes the datasets available to researchers at the record level, for secondary analysis. Please contact them if you’d like to obtain a dataset for your own research or if you have questions about the data.

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