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The Exploration of Integrated Approaches to Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security project investigated the design and evaluability of approaches to alleviating poverty that address the needs of low-income parents and children. The project examined programs that deliberately combine services that are intended to support both child development and parental economic security. Recent advances in implementation science and other fields of research provide key insights for new programs that may prove more effective than similar programs designed in the 1980s and 1990s. The project was funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and Northwestern University.
Primary research questions
This project addressed three primary research questions:
1. What is the range of programs that aim to meet the needs of low-income families (parents and children) through intentionally combined sets of activities?
2. What does it mean for programs to be high quality, intensive, and intentional in their service delivery?
3. What is the state of the research on programs that provide economic self-sufficiency
programs to adults while serving children up through age 12, and what are options for future research on such programs?