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Office of Human Services Policy (HSP)

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.

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.

The Division of Family and Community Policy 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 mobility and opportunity, welfare-to-work issues, strengthening families and responsible fatherhood, child support enforcement, and domestic violence. Other key priorities include place-based initiatives, the role of social capital in human services, human trafficking, benefits coordination.

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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ASPE Issue Brief, Guide

Recruiting Individuals with Lived Experience

January 25, 2023
This guide highlights questions for health and human services staff to consider and discuss as a team before recruiting individuals with lived experience, as well as key content to consider including in outreach materials. Related Products:
ASPE Issue Brief, Guide

Strategies to Equitably Identify People with Lived Experience

January 25, 2023
This tool highlights concrete strategies that health and human services staff can use to help equitably identify people with lived experience to engage. Related Products:
ASPE Issue Brief, Guide

What Does it Look Like to Equitably Engage People with Lived Experience?

January 25, 2023
This tool contrasts components of ideal, equitable engagements with components of inequitable engagements, which health and human services staff can use to identify opportunities to strengthen efforts to engage people with lived experience. Related Products:
Visualization

What is Lived Experience?

January 25, 2023
This infographic describes key elements of lived experience in the context of health and human services work, and why engaging people with lived experience is essential to advancing equity. Related Products:
ASPE Data Point

How Many People Participate in the Social Safety Net?

January 20, 2023
Social safety net programs provide different types of support to people facing economic hardship. This data point presents estimates of overall participation in the social safety net in 2019, the latest year of available data and presents rates of participation in multiple programs. Key Points:
ASPE Data Point

How Many People that Receive One Safety Net Benefit Also Receive Others

January 20, 2023
People facing economic instability often need more than one program or service. This pre-pandemic analysis looks at the reach of the social safety net, including the interaction of specific programs, to better understand program participation as the economy continues to recover. Key Points:
ASPE Issue Brief

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Child Care Industry and Workforce

January 19, 2023
This brief explores important trends in the child care industry during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and places those trends in a historical context. Specifically, we find:
Policy Brief

Linking Child Welfare and Medicaid Data: Lessons Learned from Two States

January 18, 2023
This report provides information to state, tribal, and local child welfare and behavioral health agencies that are interested in linking their Medicaid and child welfare data.
Guide

Tips on Engaging Diverse Groups of External Partners

January 11, 2023
This tip sheet provides key considerations for how organizations can identify potential diverse external partners, conduct outreach to them, and build and sustain productive relationships with them.
Guide

Guide on Advancing Equity through Quantitative Analysis

January 11, 2023
This guide explores opportunities to advance equity in quantitative analysis, including by recognizing common biases (e.g., research and measurement bias) and discussing specific quantitative methods and tools to help quantitative analyses address equity.