Many people contributed significantly to the information assembly and analysis for this report. I am indebted to the state project directors, first Lydia Davis-Barrett and then Janet DeGraaf of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and Denise Simon of the Illinois Department of Public Aid. They have been consistently helpful and supportive throughout all of the evaluation efforts. The demonstration site project directors and managers, Frank Ambrose and Kathy Abbott in Camden, Yvonne Johnson in Newark, and Melba McCarty in Chicago, not only provided much of the input for this report through our ongiong dialogues, but also facilitated our continued access to the case management staff and observations of program operations. This report depended critically on the willingness of the case managers to be observed, to have their work reviewed, and to participate in extensive reviews of cases and the specific case management approaches used to address particular circumstances.
No less important to the production of this report was the ongoing support of the Federal project officers for the evaluation and the demonstration in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Reuben Snipper, the evaluation project officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and Judith Reich and Nancye Campbell, demonstration project officers in the Administration for Children and Families have provided perceptive and valuable guidance and comment. Other staff in ASPE and ACF provided useful comments as well.
The help of staff at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., has also been valuable. Thoughtful review and comment was provided by Rebecca Maynard, Project Director for the evaluation. Denise Dunn provided expert production support. Faults in the report remain the responsibility of the author, however.