Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Grants to Study Welfare Reform Outcomes, with an Emphasis on Diversion


On April 1, 1999 ASPE announced the availability of funds and request for applications from states and large counties to determine the status of TANF applicants and potential TANF applicants, individuals and families entering the TANF caseload and individuals and families who leave TANF.  Through these grants ASPE hopes to support state efforts to gather a variety of information about individuals and their families who are formally or informally diverted from TANF, including their economic and non­economic well­being and participation in government programs.  The Department is interested in learning about the degree to which TANF applicants are aware of their potential eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, and other programs and services that are important in helping families make a successful transition to work.  Each grantee will be expected to use administrative records from multiple programs and/or other data­gathering techniques to identify and conduct research into the experiences of the study population (as defined by the grantee) over time.  It is anticipated that approximately 4-6 grants of between $200,000 to $250,000 each will be awarded; a large number of interested states and large counties submitted applications by the May 17, 1999 deadline.