Using Vouchers to Deliver Social Services: Considerations Based on the CCDF and TANF Program Experiences

11/02/2007

By: Gretchen Kirby and Andrew Burwick Mathematica Policy Research (MPR)

Submitted to:U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation

Project Director: Gretchen Kirby

CONTRACT NO.: HHSP233200600005T MPR Reference No.: 6289-500

Project Officer: Alana Landey

Executive Summary (in PDF format - 7 pages)

Recent years have brought increasing policy interest in using indirect funding mechanisms such as vouchers to increase client choice of provider and to expand the array of available providers to include such groups as faith-based and community organizations. ASPE launched this study as a first step toward better understanding voucher use in two specific HHS programs — Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF). The project's final report addresses the ways vouchers are integrated into these programs and the degree to which the use of indirect funding supports the policy goals of maximizing client choice and expanding the service delivery network.

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