Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Georgia


This project is led by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, in partnership with the Georgia Policy Council for Children and Families, which includes senior representation from the Department of Human Resources, Department of Medical Assistance, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Education, the Office of School Readiness, and the Governors Office of Planning and Budget, as well as community, business and elected leaders.  Since Georgia already tracks 26 child and family indicators at the state and county levels, this project focuses on the development of indicators that are more sensitive to program and policy changes such as TANF, expanded child care, CHIP, and the emphasis on managed health care.  In addition, it will create a conceptual framework for linking these new indicators with existing indicators that reflect broad, long­term socio­demographic changes and those that draw upon the broad array of ongoing public health surveillance and program management systems. 

Efforts in the first year include:

  1. A review of program and policy changes and their potential positive and negative effects on children and families;

  2. A review of existing indicator systems in use in Georgia and by other state and national agencies;

  3. Development of a conceptual framework for linking indicators; and

  4. Development of a set of new or modified indicators that would be presented for critique by the Policy Council and the public.

Activities in the second year include:

  1. Developing and disseminating indicator reports;

  2. Posting the indicator data on the web; and

  3. Assessing technical assistance needs in using the indicators in local planning.