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


There are four major questions concerning the role of surveys in welfare reform impact evaluations:

  1. Is a follow-up survey needed at all?
  2. If a survey is conducted, what questions should it address?
  3. What standards should be set for sample sizes for a follow-up survey?
  4. What considerations should affect the timing and frequency of follow-up surveys?

This section focuses on designing a survey to meet the goals of the impact analysis; Section C focuses on operational issues related to collecting high-quality data in surveys.