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Exploring Measurement of Performance Outcomes and Work Requirements in Programs Promoting Economic Independence (EMPOWERED)

Low-income individuals and families frequently qualify for multiple human services programs that are funded, regulated, and administered by different federal agencies, each with its own eligibility criteria, program requirements, and performance priorities and metrics. HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with Mathematica Policy Research to conduct a cross-cutting examination of the use of performance measures, work requirements, and child support cooperation requirements among human services programs that include a focus on promoting self-sufficiency. 

Performance Measures

The performance measures component of the EMPOWERED study explores how aligned performance measurement might achieve accountability across programs that share similar goals and maximize efficiencies in program management and service coordination. A series of three issue briefs examine the challenges and opportunities for cross-program alignment of performance indicators.

Work Requirements

The work requirements component of the EMPOWERED study examines the interpretation, implementation, and administration of work requirement policies in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the public housing program. The findings will inform decision-making about the implementation of work-related requirements in human services programs.

Child Support Cooperation

The child support component of the EMPOWERED study expands our understanding of state variation in child support cooperation requirement policies with SNAP and child care subsidy programs.