ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation recently released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to provide funding and technical support for evaluation-related activities to organizations implementing interventions to improve self-sufficiency among families with low incomes. 

These 24-month cooperative agreements are intended for organizations looking to strengthen and evaluate coordinated, client-centered approaches to improve employment (or barriers to employment) and at least one other family well-being outcome (e.g., food security, education, health, financial security, or social capital). Participating organizations will not only contribute to the evidence base on interventions serving low-income families with children but also increase their capacity to conduct research and evaluation, use evidence to strengthen their programs, and demonstrate the value of their program to stakeholders.

The goal of this funding is to help grantees advance toward developing comprehensive evidence-informed interventions that improve client outcomes. No prior experience in research and evaluation is required.  Grantees will work with a federally funded, third-party evaluation technical assistance provider who will provide tailored support to recipients to further develop their interventions and move toward evaluation. For example, grantees who are in the early stages of designing an intervention may receive support to create a program logic model, while grantees who have already implemented an intervention may receive support to design and execute a pilot evaluation.

For more information, please see the full FOA at: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2021-ACF-OPRE-PE-1944. Please note the letter of intent deadline is June 2, 2021 and the application deadline is July 2, 2021.