Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. District of Columbia


This project is being managed by the Urban Institute, with subcontracts for a survey and focus groups.  They will use administrative data on TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid and foster care from their current integrated system, eliminating the need for difficult linking.  This administrative data is available over time going back to 1992.  In addition, there will be a series of focus groups with members of the first cohort of welfare leavers (those who left in the first quarter of 1997) and a mixed mode­survey of the second cohort (cases that exited in the fourth quarter of 1998).  Approximately 675 families will be surveyed nine months after exit, between July and September 1999.

Estimated Completion Date:  Uncertain.  The project was delayed in start-up by about four months because the District’s contract with the Urban Institute was not signed until February 1999.