Call for Proposals

NOTE: The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by the end of March.

OPRE invites proposals for individual presentations and entire conference sessions for the 2016 conference.

The conference will focus on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and related programs, policies and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency. This year’s conference will feature presentations on topics including:

  • TANF
  • Education, Training and Success in the Labor Market
  • Child and Youth Well-Being
  • Fatherhood, Relationships and Strengthening Families
  • Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence
  • Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net

Conference presentations will feature both basic and applied research with an audience that includes researchers, practitioners, state and local administrators and policymakers.

OPRE invites proposals for individual presentations and for entire conference sessions. OPRE will consider the following criteria for proposals:

  • Relevance to family self-sufficiency policy or program design and administration
  • Methodological rigor, especially through the use of experimental designs
  • Innovative approaches or new contributions to the field
  • Clarity of description

OPRE has a strong preference for presentations that highlight recent findings in empirical research, particularly research based on rigorous, experimental designs, although we will consider discussions of work in progress. Presentations that combine research findings with input from state and local practitioners are especially welcome.

OPRE may request a draft presentation or paper prior to making a final decision.

Session Structure

Conference sessions will be 75 minutes in length, and may consist of three presentations, two presentations and one prepared commentary or some other format. All sessions will reserve time at the end for audience questions and discussion.

Emerging Scholars

OPRE is particularly interested in fostering the work of new and emerging scholars in the family self-sufficiency field. To support this effort, OPRE will once again feature work from emerging scholars at the 2016 conference. Emerging scholars include those who are currently in graduate school or are only a few years past completing a degree. OPRE will host specific opportunities to feature the work of emerging scholars during the conference, which may include paper presentations or a special poster session. Individuals who are early in their careers are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for the conference. You will be asked to denote whether you are an emerging scholar on the online proposal submission form.

Speaker Travel

OPRE may be able to sponsor travel and lodging for a limited number of speakers, including emerging scholars. The proposal submission site includes an application for travel sponsorship. You MUST complete this application to be considered for travel sponsorship. OPRE cannot consider requests for travel sponsorship without a completed application. OPRE has limited travel funds and will not be able to cover travel costs for all speakers.

Save this completed PDF form to your computer prior to beginning the submission process.

Scheduling Requests

If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to be available to present during any of the conference sessions. If you have scheduling limitations, please email them to Please limit scheduling requests to reasons of great importance including religious observances, medical needs or international travel limitations. OPRE does not guarantee that we will be able to honor all scheduling requests.

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must be in English. Proposals should be no more than one page in length (approximately 500 words), exclusive of biographical sketches, and should summarize the content of the presentation. If you are proposing an entire conference session, please include a title for the session along with a general description/rationale and then submit a separate proposal for each presentation to be included in the session (limit three presentations per conference session).

The proposal submission period is now CLOSED.

Proposals should include:

  • Presentation title
  • As appropriate, detail on research, such as:
    • research questions addressed
    • research design implemented (e.g. experimental, quasi-experimental, econometric analysis)
    • data sources used (including the response rate for new survey data)
    • analysis methods
    • findings, including non-significant findings as appropriate
  • Relevance to conference topics (as listed above)
  • Completion date or estimated completion date of the study
  • When and where else the presentation has been or will be presented
  • A biographical sketch for each of the proposed presenters/discussants (no more than 150 words each)
  • Contact information for each of the proposed presenters/discussants

Please note: If research was conducted under a grant or contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or another part of the Federal government then proposals must include the date funded and stated purpose of the grant or contract as described in the Federal Register or other announcement under which the research was funded.

You may include co-authors in your proposal. However, please note that we typically invite only one speaker to present and can only list that speaker in the program book due to space constraints. If selected, you are encouraged to recognize co-authors’ contributions during your presentation.


Please direct questions about conference content to:
Hilary Forster at or
Tiffany McCormack at

Please direct questions about conference logistics to:

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