Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC)

Based on input from practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) has been designed as a one-stop portal for self-sufficiency information to connect research to policy and practice. The SSRC, located at www.opressrc.org, provides high quality, timely research and evaluation on self-sufficiency, and has been designed to enhance collaboration and partnerships between and among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners representing cross-disciplinary areas. Through a dynamic and interactive interface, the SSRC features a virtual, searchable library where research and resources are organized by topic and can be filtered by topic, subtopic, keyword, year, publisher, geographic focus, research methodology, and/or target population. The SSRC's 12 key topic areas include:

  • Asset-Building, Tax Policies, and Subsidies
  • Child Care
  • Child Support
  • Community-Development and Housing
  • Education and Training
  • Employment
  • Family Formation and Family Structure
  • Food Assistance
  • General Research on Income and Poverty
  • Health
  • TANF Policy, Services, and Benefits
  • Transportation

Additional features of the SSRC include:

  • Highlights of emerging scholars, upcoming events, and recently published research and resources;
  • Opportunities to virtually connect and dialogue with SSRC users around the nation;
  • Tools, tips, and resources for understanding and applying research methodologies and datasets; and
  • An online search assistant to help users find resources.

The SSRC provides researchers, policymakers, and practitioners with a one stop portal to access peer-reviewed research and evaluation studies, high quality resource materials and policy briefs, as well as other resources targeted for key stakeholders in the self-sufficiency arena.
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The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) supports the SSRC, and provides research and analysis to ACF programs. The SSRC addresses a component of OPRE's core mission by providing a platform for synthesizing and disseminating research and demonstration findings.

Record Type: 
Field Connections / Contact Information
Date: 
July 2014
Source: 
Partner Resources
Connection Type: 
Resource Connections
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Employment
  • Education and Training
  • Family Strengthening
  • Transportation
  • Asset Building
  • Supportive Services
  • Special Populations
  • TANF Program Administration
  • Tribal TANF
  • TANF Policy and Legislation