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The Division of Economic Independence within OPRE has primary responsibility for welfare and family self-sufficiency research. OPRE’s research in the area of welfare and family self-sufficiency is designed to expand knowledge about effective programs to promote employment, self-sufficiency, and economic well-being among low-income families.
Research focuses on five major areas:
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
• Employment and the Labor Market • Education and Training
• Behavioral Science
• Cross-Cutting and Other Safety Net Research
Within these areas, OPRE funds experimental impact evaluations, implementation evaluations, and descriptive research projects aimed at informing the design and implementation of programs. OPRE also invests in activities to disseminate rigorous research on welfare and family self-sufficiency topics. This Portfolio of Research in Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency describes major welfare and family self-suffi ciency research projects sponsored by OPRE in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.