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Research Connections Partners and Funding

Research Connections Partners


ICF's purpose is to build a more prosperous and resilient world for all. We do this by using our ingenuity, creativity, and diverse perspectives to solve our clients' toughest challenges.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Established in 1962, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest archive of social science data. ICPSR archives collections from a broad range of social science disciplines, such as sociology, political science, demography, history, and economics. In addition to Research Connections, ICPSR hosts special topic archives in many other fields, including aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, arts and culture, firearm safety, and other fields.

Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is a unit within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

OPRE is responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of programs to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.

In collaboration with ACF program offices and others, OPRE is responsible for performance management for ACF. OPRE also conducts research and policy analyses and develops and oversees research and evaluation projects to assess program performance and inform policy and practice. OPRE provides guidance, analysis, technical assistance, and oversight to ACF programs on strategic planning; performance measurement; research and evaluation methods; statistical, policy, and program analysis; and synthesis and dissemination of research and demonstration of findings.

OPRE includes the Division of Economic Independence, the Division of Child and Family Development, the Division of Family Strengthening, and the Division of Data and Improvement.

Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care administers the Child Care and Development Fund, which provides child care subsidies for children from low-income families and works to improve the quality of child care in states, territories, and tribes across the country.

The Office of Child Care elevates child care issues within ACF and facilitates direct collaboration with the Office of Head Start and other key agencies on a wide range of intersecting program and policy matters.

Office of Head Start

The Office of Head Start promotes school readiness in children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide enrolled children and their families with comprehensive services, which include health, nutrition, social services, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.

Research Connections Funding

Research Connections is supported by contract #HHSP 233201500071 from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of ICF and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and do not necessarily represent the views of OPRE, ACF, or HHS.