Senate Report language to the FY 1999 Appropriations bill expressed the need to develop a mechanism to provide Statebased or multistate information, particularly in less densely populated areas. Iowa State University has been working with the Census Bureau to develop an approach for statelevel surveys that are relevant for local welfare program design, implementation, and evaluation and can be integrated into the Bureau’s Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD). The Bureau of the Census is currently supporting work by Iowa State University to explore the feasibility of extending and expanding the SPD to capture statelevel reliable samples for use in exploring the outcomes of federal and state policies, as well as local economic conditions of lowincome families. ASPE funding would support further feasibility work on the extended survey in response to Census Bureau findings, including questionnaire design and the development of a dualframe methodology for defining a sampling frame. Given the need for statespecific questions and data, but desire for a national framework, we believe this is a promising approach.