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OPRE Innovative Methods Meeting 

 2021 OPRE Innovative Methods Meeting

The 2021 Methods Meeting will be convened virtually on October 27-28, 2021. This year’s meeting will focus on enhancing rigor, relevance, and equity in research and evaluation through community engagement.

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About the OPRE Innovative Methods Meeting

OPRE organizes an annual Innovative Methods Meeting to convene scientists and research experts to advance critical topics in social science research methodology. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss how innovative methodologies can be applied to policy-relevant questions and help to ensure that government-supported research represents the most scientifically rigorous approaches available.

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Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS)

 RECS 2022

The 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held June 1-3, 2022, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. At this time, we are planning to hold RECS 2022 in person. The wellness of our speakers, participants, and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the situation related to COVID-19 and share any updates on the RECS website and via email and social media.

RECS 2022 will provide a valuable opportunity to hear the latest findings from evaluations of human services programs and policies, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and identify future evaluation needs.

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About RECS

For more than 20 years, the RECS has been a leading forum for researchers, state and local administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and federal officials to discuss cutting-edge research on family economic self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies.

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National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC)

NRCEC 2022

The Administration for Children and Families is proud to present the National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2022 (NRCEC 2022) on Monday, June 27 — Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. At this time, we are planning to hold NRCEC 2022 in person. The NRCEC 2022 Planning Committee is closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation. Our top priority is the health and safety of all participants and we will make and communicate contingencies in the case that it is not safe to conduct NRCEC 2022 as an in-person event.

The goals of NRCEC 2022 are to:

  • identify and disseminate research relevant to young children (birth to 8 years) and their families, and the programs that serve them and;
  • encourage collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to build upon the evidence base for policy and practice.
  • foster discussion of research priorities, gaps, and needs.

This 3-day event will present the latest research surrounding child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs. Conference features include plenary sessions, symposia, poster symposia, poster sessions, and informal events.

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Since 1991, ACF’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood (formerly known as Head Start’s National Research Conference on Early Childhood) has highlighted cutting edge research on low-income families with young children.

The conference supports dialogue between researchers, policymakers, and program and administrative staff. This active dialogue strengthens education for young children, brings the latest information to those establishing national policies for low-income families, and contributes to the development of a meaningful research agenda in the early care and education field.

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