Many individuals and organizations contributed in significant ways to the study of families on TANF in Illinois. This study could not have been conducted without financial support. The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation provided funding for the design of the study and the collection of administrative and survey data. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided funding for the analysis of the data and the preparation of this report. We thank these three organizations for their generous financial support.
At the Illinois Department of Human Services, David Gruenenfelder, Alan Whitaker, and Terry Husky supported the study by providing us with timely data on the state TANF caseload from DHS administrative records. They also cheerfully and quickly responded to our many questions regarding those data. David Gruenenfelder and John Knight reviewed a draft of this report and provided helpful comments and additional information on Illinois' TANF policies. At the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Gerald Ramker assisted us in obtaining access to criminal records data for the members of our survey sample.
Several individuals at ASPE provided valuable contributions to this study. John Tambornino was the project officer and in that role supported our acquisition of criminal records data, contributed to the development of the study's analytic objectives, and carefully reviewed and commented on drafts of this report. Under a different project, Susan Hauan and Julia Isaacs provided critical coordination of and substantive input into the development of a prototype for the survey instrument that was used in this study. Don Oellerich contributed valuable suggestions for the design of the analysis and he and Canta Pian commented on drafts of the report.
Many staff at Mathematica Policy Research contributed to this project through the survey design, data collection, data analysis, and report production activities. In the Survey Division, Jason Markesich managed the day-to-day survey data collection operations. Cindy Steenstra, Barbara Benedict, Susan Golden, Terry Silverii and Marie Hannye-Scurato played important roles in supervising telephone center staff and performing other survey data collection tasks. A small corps of experienced MPR interviewers administered the survey. In addition, John Hall developed the survey sampling plan and the survey weights for the data analysis. Eric French oversaw programming activities necessary to conduct the survey.
In the Research Division, Jocelyn Lewis and Michelle McInnis collected the criminal records data on site from the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. Jocelyn Lewis and Heather Hesketh provided research assistance throughout the data analysis and production of this report. Robin Dion reviewed a draft of this report and provided thoughtful comments. Donna Dorsey provided secretarial assistance in producing this report and Carol Soble and Daryl Hall edited the manuscript.
Last but not least, we thank the TANF clients in Illinois who took the time to respond to this study's survey. Over 78 percent of the sampled clients completed an interview, during which they shared information about their personal characteristics and circumstances and their efforts to obtain employment and achieve self-sufficiency.
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