Approaches to Evaluating Welfare Reform: Lessons from Five State Demonstrations. B. SAMPLING OF APPLICANTS AND RECIPIENTS


All welfare reform evaluations have been required to sample both from the existing caseload (recipients) and from the flow of applicants. If the welfare reform program affects eligibility, the sample of applicants must include those whose applications are denied or withdrawn, but otherwise the sample may be limited to approved applicants. This section considers the issues involved in allocating the sample between applicants and recipients and in determining the length of time over which applicant sampling is to take place.