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


The rest of this section focuses on baseline data collection in a random-assignment evaluation.(1) Three major issues are involved:

  1. What data should be collected?
  2. When should the data be collected, or (if drawing data from administrative records) what period should the data cover?
  3. What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of collecting baseline data from administrative records, from a special form filled out at intake, or from a survey?