Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Los Angeles County, CA


This project by the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) provides an addition to their Urban Change project with a focus on leavers.  Cohorts are being drawn from the third calendar quarters of 1996 and 1998.  The project will include analysis of up to ten years of full population administrative data developed for the Urban Change project, as well as a small mixed­mode sample survey drawn from cohort two and surveyed between July and December 1999.  This project and the Cuyahoga County, OH project, also by MDRC, will effectively be a two­site study that will allow comparisons while controlling for study design.  Los Angeles also received supplementary funding of $225,00 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to draw a larger sample of welfare leavers who receive housing assistance, both through public housing and Section 8.

Estimated Completion Date:  A draft interim report based on the administrative data for the first cohort is expected to be completed in May or June 1999.  The final report is expected in June 2000.