OPRE Innovative Methods Meetings

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    Building Strong Evidence in Challenging Contexts: Alternatives to Traditional Randomized Controlled Trials

    Our 2016 meeting focused on understanding the kinds of research questions that can be addressed using alternatives to traditional RCTs, and the special considerations and tradeoffs involved in using alternative designs and analyses.

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    The Promises and Challenges of Administrative Data in Social Policy Research

    Our 2015 meeting focused on challenges and solutions to accessing and using administrative data, and innovative examples of using administrative data to answer policy-relevant questions.

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The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) periodically organizes meetings to convene scientists and research experts to advance critical topics in social science research methodology. The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss how innovative methodologies can be applied to policy-relevant questions and help to ensure that government-supported research represents the most scientifically rigorous approaches available.

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