Initial Synthesis Report of the Findings from ASPE's "Leavers" Grants. Administrative Data

01/04/2001

All of the studies use some source of administrative data, at least information on welfare benefit recipiency (table A2). Some studies had access to rich databases of linked administrative data that included a wide variety of program participation much beyond welfare receipt. Given the scope of resources available, unless areas had on-going efforts to create and maintain multi-link/multi-program databases, reporting was more limited. The resources in time and money to link data accurately can be very high. In addition to program participation, most studies (with the exception of District of Columbia) used unemployment insurance administrative data to get information on employment and earnings.

 

Appendix Table A2:
Administrative Data
Study Topics Reported in Study Period of Follow-up
After Exit
Arizona Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Childcare Subsidy, Child Support, Child Welfare1 One year
District of Columbia TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid 18 months
Florida Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid 7 quarters employment, 12 months program participation
Georgia Employment, TANF2 One year
Illinois Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, WIC, Childcare Subsidy, Family Case Management Services, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services, EITC, Child Support, Child Welfare3 One year
Missouri Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid Two years
New York Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid One year
Washington Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Childcare Subsidy, Child Support Programs, Child Welfare3 Two years
Wisconsin Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid 15 months
Cuyahoga Co. Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid One year
Los Angeles Co. Employment2 One year
San Mateo Co. Employment, TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid One year
1 Substantiated child protective service reports, out-of-home placements, and use of emergency services.
2 These are the topics covered to date in the current, preliminary reports.  Forthcoming reports will cover other topics.
3 Child abuse and neglect referrals and out-of-home placements.
Sources: See Appendix B for a complete listing of the leavers studies referenced.

Other than TANF, food stamps, Medicaid, and employment data, several studies reported additional information from administrative data sources. These include use of child care subsidies, receipt of child support payments, child welfare reports of abuse and neglect, and use of emergency assistance. The specific studies that have these additional data and report on it in their study are listed in the table.

The length of follow-up for any of these sources of administrative data varied greatly. Some studies reported as much as two years of follow-up data for certain cohorts. The majority reported one year of data. Illinois had a combined rolling cohort, including as much information for each of the six cohorts that they had up to the date of analysis.