Office of Human Services Policy

The Office of Human Services Policy (HSP) conducts policy research, analysis, evaluation, and coordination on various issues across the Department, including but not limited to, poverty and measurement, vulnerable populations, early childhood education and child welfare, family strengthening, economic support for families, and youth development. HSP serves as a liaison with other agencies on broad economic matters and is the Department’s lead on poverty research and analysis.

Division of Children and Youth Policy

The Division of Children and Youth Policy focuses on policies related to the well-being of children and youth.  Projects range from quick-turnaround policy analyses to large-scale experimental studies, and major policy initiatives.  Key areas include early childhood, early care and education, home visiting, youth development and risky behaviors, parenting and family support, child welfare and foster care, linkages with physical and mental health, methods for evaluating what works, and strategies for improving research and data in these areas.

Division of Economic Support for Families

The Division of Economic Support for Families focuses on policies affecting various low-income populations.  This includes policy development around major initiatives such as homelessness and reentry.  It also includes conducting and coordinating analysis, research, and evaluation on the safety net, economic support and opportunity, welfare-to-work issues, strengthening families and responsible fatherhood, child support enforcement, and domestic violence.  Other key priorities include place-based initiatives, immigration and refugees, human trafficking, benefits access, and various human services programs.

Division of Data and Technical Analysis

The Division of Data and Technical Analysis focuses on policies and programs concerning low-income and otherwise disadvantaged populations.  The Division provides data analytic capacity for policy development through data collection activities, secondary data analysis, modeling, and cost analyses.  The Division focuses on cross-cutting human services policy issues such as income, poverty, cash and non-cash supports for low-income families, employment, fertility, and child welfare.  The Division also issues annual updates to the poverty guidelines and reports to Congress on indicators of welfare dependence.

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