Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Advancing States’ Child Indicators Initiatives


Grants of approximately $50,000 each were awarded to 13 states in September 1998 for developing and monitoring indicators of children’s health and well­being.  The overall aims of this project are to:  (1) promote state efforts to develop and monitor indicators of the health and well­being of children as welfare reform and other policy changes occur; and (2) help to institutionalize the use of indicator data in state and local policy work.  In relation to welfare monitoring, the purpose is to help states focus on areas where children’s well­being may be affected — positively or negatively — by welfare policies.  States are encouraged to work on indicator strategies for monitoring the health and well­being of children whose families leave the welfare rolls.  States which received awards in FY 1998 will be eligible to apply for continuation funding in FY 1999, which will be awarded to states on the basis of their advancements in indicator work during the first year and their identified goals, objectives and strategies for advancing their work during the second year.  A description of each state’s project to advance child indicators initiatives can be found in Appendix B.