Further Progress, Persistent Constraints: Findings From a Second Survey of the Welfare-to-Work Grants Program. Grantee Views on WtW Implementation

06/01/2000

The ultimate success of WtW programs remains to be determined. A few grantees received their awards only recently, and the majority of grantees have yet to reach the levels of enrollment they projected. Legislative changes to broaden the original eligibility criteria and expand the target population may increase the scale of program operations, but most grantees have not yet been allowed to implement these changes, under the congressionally defined phase-in of the new rules. How more liberal eligibility criteria and other changes aimed at strengthening interagency information-sharing and coordination will influence participation and outcomes in WtW programs is therefore still uncertain.(1)

The second grantee survey nevertheless provides a stronger foundation than the first survey for describing grantees' perceptions of their progress and of the WtW program overall. The survey questions included queries about respondents' views on how their program implementation is progressing and how the initiative as a whole responds to the challenge of helping the hardest to employ move into jobs, keep jobs, and move toward economic self-sufficiency. This report concludes with a summary of those views, followed by an overview of future evaluation activities and the additional evidence they should provide.

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