Approaches to Evaluating Welfare Reform: Lessons from Five State Demonstrations. 1. Issues


In making decisions about the relative sample sizes for applicants and recipients and the timing of applicant sampling, states must consider (1) how the data for the two sample groups will be used, (2) the trade-off between the risks inherent in a long intake period and the need to assess how a program matures, and (3) the ability of the state to forecast the flow of applicants.