2024 RECS Forum Features Westat Expertise

May 15, 2024

Westat experts will present important research and evaluation lessons learned and best practices at the 22nd Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) on May 29-31, 2024, in Washington, DC, to be held in person and live streamed.

Created by the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), RECS is a space for policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and government administrators to meet to share promising research findings and methods related to supporting families’ economic self-sufficiency and overall well-being.

Westat staff, including Lila Gutuskey, PhD, Amanda Hare, PhD, Allison Hyra, PhD, Debra Rog, PhD, and Debra Wright, PhD, will share findings and results from several OPRE-funded and Westat-led projects and studies. See the RECS registration page for more details on how to register, which is free and open to the public.

A schedule of Westat presentations and participation follow.

Wednesday, May 29

10:30-11:45 am (ET) (in person only)

Session: TANF-Eligible Parents’ Access to Critical Supports for Their Young Children

Allison Hyra. (Presentation). Equity Innovations: Brining the Caregiver Voice to Diaper Distribution Research.

4:15-5:30 pm (ET) (in person and live streamed)

Session: Challenges and Opportunities in the Evaluation of Programs Serving Transition Age Youth

Debra Rog. (Presentation). Assessing Effectiveness in Nontraditional Ways: The Hopes and Challenges of the Chafee SOTA Evaluation.

Thursday, May 30

10:15-11:30 am (ET) (in person and live streamed)

Session: Using the Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation: A Training for Evaluators and Practitioners; Debra Wright. (Session moderator).

Allison Hyra. (Presentation). The Process of Updating OPRE’s Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation: A Training for Evaluators and Practitioners.

Amanda Hare. (Presentation). Using the Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation to Design, Conduct, and Communicate about Program Evaluation. Lila Gutuskey. (Presentation). Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation Guidance in the Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation.


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