Methods and Tools
OPRE is responsible for generating information and answering empirical questions related to the human services provided by the Administration for Children and Families, and promoting the use of that evidence to inform policy and practice. To do so, OPRE uses a variety of research and evaluation methods that are rigorous, relevant, transparent, independent, and ethical. This set of work includes topics such as innovative research methods and designs, measurement development, and tools for understanding different types of research and evaluation.
OPRE periodically organizes meetings 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 how government-supported research can use the most scientifically rigorous methodology approaches. Learn more about OPRE's innovative methods meetings and products that have emerged from them. Learn more > Visit disclaimer page
Methods and Tools Publications
- Using Within-Site Experimental Evidence to Reduce Cross-Site Attributional Bias in Connecting Program Components to Program Impacts
Project: Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Impact Study, 2011-2017
- Cheaper, Faster, Better: Are State Administrative Data the Answer? The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start Second Annual Report
Project: Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation — Strong Start (MIHOPE-Strong Start), 2012-2017
- The Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) Approach to Evaluation
Project: Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII) Evaluation, 2010—2015
Projects on this Topic
The Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research follow-on contract provided timely and flexible research and evaluation support to ACF and its stakeholders and a flexible research and evaluation mechanism for responding to rapidly emerging policy priorities and research opportunities.
Explore OPRE's work in exploring Bayesian methods -- how they can be applied, the BASIE framework, how Bayesian methods can be used in social policy research, FAQs.
This page describes OPRE's work in innovative methods to support the government's use of rigorous research methods when evaluating its social services programs.
Explore OPRE's work updating the Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation, summarizing and sharing OPRE's Evaluation Technical Assistance Resources, and resources and summaries of its annual innovative methods meetings.
The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse is a comprehensive, transparent, and systematic assessment of the effectiveness of interventions designed to help job seekers with low incomes succeed in the labor market.