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Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium

The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, funded through a cooperative agreement with ICF, is part of OPRE’s ongoing research and dissemination agenda related to self-sufficiency. From 2013-2018, this agenda also included the multi-faceted Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium. The mission of the Consortium was “to improve the lives of low-income families and children through better policies and practices by integrating research, policy, and practice on family self-sufficiency and stability; by engaging federal, state, and local actors in meaningful conversations and supporting them to be better producers and users of data; and by doing path-breaking, rigorous, and relevant research on contemporary questions related to family self-sufficiency and stability.” The Consortium included:

  • The 2013-2018 Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Scholars Network, which supported cooperative agreements with scholars to work independently and collectively on systematic, multidisciplinary examinations of the current gaps in family self-sufficiency and stability research.
  • The Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center, which supported the development, implementation, and ongoing operations of a data center to foster family self-sufficiency research and activities. 
  • The Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research project, which provided timely and flexible research and evaluation support to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and its stakeholders and was led by Mathematica Policy Research.
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This page features research that the Scholars and the Data Center produced as part of their OPRE-funded projects throughout the duration of the Consortium.