Approaches to Evaluating Welfare Reform: Lessons from Five State Demonstrations. Chapter 6: Analysis Methods


A major goal of a welfare reform evaluation is to analyze the reform's impacts. This analysis must take into account several issues. This chapter addresses four analytic issues for welfare reform evaluations:

  1. What efforts, if any, should be made to distinguish impacts of specific welfare policy changes?
  2. What efforts, if any, should be made to estimate entry effects arising from welfare reform?
  3. How should crossover cases be treated for analysis purposes?
  4. Should impacts be estimated for subgroups that are defined by events that occur after random assignment? If so, how?