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About SSRC

The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC), administered by ICF, is an ever growing virtual portal of research on low-income and TANF families and an online hub for professional networking among researchers, policymakers and practitioners who serve these populations. The SSRC aims to improve policy and practice in such areas as employment, education and training, and family self-sufficiency by improving access to field-tested, evidence-informed and evidence-based program strategies and high-quality research and by fostering professional connectivity among its targeted audiences.


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We collect no information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored when you visit our Web site, unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored

We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit to the SSRC site:

  • The name of the domain used to access the Internet (for example, for connections from Stanford University's domain)
  • The date and time of visit
  • The pages visited
  • The address of the Web site you came from when you visited

This information is used for statistical purposes and to help us make SSRC more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

Personally Provided Information

You do not have to give us personal information in order to visit our Web site. Certain functionality requires information to be provided; for example, to post a question to a scholar, your name, email and question must be entered. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, etc., we will only maintain the information as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

However, all communications addressed to the SSRC are maintained, as required by law, for historical purposes. These communications are archived regularly, but are also protected by the Privacy Act which restricts our use of them, yet permits certain disclosures.

SSRC will record your email address in the event that you send a message by email. Your email address will be temporarily stored and will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. Your email address will not be added to any mailing lists without your consent by way of a specific request in writing.


SSRC does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

Persistent Web Cookies

"Persistent" Web cookies are not used on this Web site. "Persistent" Web cookies are defined as Web cookies that can track the activities of users over time and across different Web sites.

Systems of Records

Information originally collected in traditional paper systems can be submitted electronically. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed pursuant to the Federal Records Act and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If information that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records, there will be a Privacy Act Notice provided.

Terms of Use

Copyrighted works that are part of this Web site are being provided under the terms of "fair use." This service is provided with the understanding that all materials are provided solely for the user's personal, professional, scholarly, research, or educational use. SSRC reserves the right to refuse to electronically distribute an article if, in its judgment, such distribution would involve violation of copyright law. SSRC is not responsible for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the materials stored on this Web site, or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. By using the materials on this Web site (, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions. Please visit our library policy page as well:

SSRC Web Accessibility: The SSRC site complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements, allowing individuals with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities. For additional information on Section 508, please visit

If assistive technology is used (such as a screen reader) and the format of any material is not accessible, please send an email to