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Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: The Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is an interdisciplinary team that works across the federal government to help agencies build and use evidence. OES partners with federal agencies to answer priority questions with rigorous evaluation methods and administrative data. We design and conduct evaluations of existing programs and evidence-based program changes.

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Higher Education Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Portfolio. In collaboration with a variety of federal agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Veterans Affairs, OES has built a portfolio of evidence on the impact of low-cost interventions that are designed to improve FAFSA completion, postsecondary access and success, and

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Services Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Become an Agency Partner. OES helps agencies build and use evidence to learn what works. First, we look to our agency partners to identify priority areas where they would like to see improved outcomes. Next, we work closely together to learn how people process information, make decisions, and interact with government programs.

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Evaluations Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Since 2015, we have completed more than 90 impact evaluations with more than 20 agency collaborators. Because results from OES evaluations impact the lives of millions of Americans, the quality of our work is of paramount importance. We follow the OES Evaluation Policy (PDF) and six steps to ensure our findings are relevant and reliable.

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Project SOAR Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Education navigators operated on-site in PHAs to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), program applications, and other administrative steps necessary for postsecondary enrollment and improve their general financial literacy and college readiness. The grants were awarded in May 2017 and were funded through

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Academic Publications Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Across 1,732 local education agencies in New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York, we conducted a randomized controlled trial of increased email communication incorporating behavioral insights targeting homeless liaison staff in order to increase the identification of homeless students. The intervention had an impact on the mean number of

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American Rescue Plan Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was designed to address immediate needs related to the pandemic, with a specific focus on addressing historically disparate outcomes across race, class, and geography that were further exacerbated by the pandemic. As federal programs are innovating and finding new ways to achieve these goals, OES

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Fellow Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Kenneth Shores. Dr. Kenneth A. Shores is an assistant professor specializing in education policy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, and he is affiliated with the UD Center for Research in Education and Social Policy. His research is focused on educational inequality and encompasses both descriptive and causal inference.

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Evaluating the Effects of HEERF Aid to Students

Details: The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020, authorized the Department of Education (ED) to provide $14 billion for institutions of higher education (IHEs). Half of HEERF aid was intended to go to students to help

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Increasing Take-Up of the American Opportunity Tax Credit

Details: What was the challenge? Despite the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) being the most generous federal higher education tax credit, many eligible students or their families do not claim it.¹ These students may lack awareness of the benefits of AOTC or the steps to claim it, be uncertain about their own eligibility, have difficulty remembering key deadlines and locating …

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Alum Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Dennis’s research focuses on the use of behavioral insights to understand education-based decision-making, the antecedents and outcomes of federal, state, and local education policies, and economics of education. Dennis has published in leading education policy and higher education peer-reviewed journals and is a Co-PI on a funded study that

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Alum Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Rebecca has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with professional training and experience in education research, program and policy evaluation, business analytics, and methodologies for process, team, and organizational improvement. She joins OES from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she integrates

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Fellow Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Oded Gurantz. Oded Gurantz is an Assistant Professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. Previously, Oded was an Institute of Education Sciences Fellow in the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where he received his PhD in Education Policy. His research focuses on gaps in college enrollment and completion

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Encouraging Action Among Students At Risk to Withdraw

Details: The U.S. Department of Education identified a pool of student borrowers who were at risk of withdrawing from school prior to completing their course of study. From the pool of at-risk students, approximately 195,000 borrowers were randomly selected to be emailed in July, 2015 — the summer after their first academic year.

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Increasing School Attendance in Seattle Office of Evaluation …

Details: In the United States there are approximately 350,000 Public Housing units in which school aged children reside, presenting an opportunity to reach many students with education-focused interventions. Prior research has shown that school attendance is an important factor for both student achievement and high school dropout rates.

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Using Proactive Communication to Increase College Enrollment for …

Details: At no material cost and minimal staff time, OES collaborated with VA Education Service to develop a proactive communication aimed at encouraging beneficiaries to enroll full-time and to increase their enrollment intensity. This communication also provided additional information on accessing financial aid and connected monetary impacts with

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Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic Office of Evaluation …

Details: OES worked with the Department of Education, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies to provide evaluation support to assess the impact of COVID-19 policy responses, as well as to share relevant lessons learned from past evaluations on communicating about health behavior.

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REENTERING YOUR COMMUNITY

Details: education, or help reduce the amount of child support debt you owe. Legal Aid offices may be able to help with legal representation in child support cases. • The contact information for Child Support offices in each state, and some tribes, can

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Academic Affiliate Office of Evaluation Sciences

Details: Rekha Balu directs the Center for Applied Behavioral Science at MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research firm that conducts large-scale causal evaluations. As a Senior Research Associate, she has led numerous randomized field trials of behaviorally informed interventions in education, parenting, and child welfare. Her research focuses on

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