This synthesis is based on the work of two teams of researchers, one at MDRC and one at Child Trends, and this document owes much to them. The productive collaboration among these research teams and their affiliate organizations was instrumental in bringing to fruition this study of the effects of mandatory welfare-to-work programs on children.
Gratitude is also due to the people in the NEWWS Evaluation research samples. These people shared detailed information about themselves and their children, thoughtfully completed batteries of tests and indices, and, in many cases, opened their homes to enable researchers to obtain particularly sensitive information and directly assess children's well-being.
Finally, the ongoing cooperation of welfare department staff and administrators in the evaluation's seven sites has been indispensable. Their willingness to subject their programs to rigorous evaluation requiring an elaborate research design and detailed data has been of crucial importance throughout the NEWWS Evaluation. Welfare policymakers will reap the benefits of their commitment to discovering the true effects of various welfare program approaches for many years to come.