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


This project looks at two cohorts of families who left welfare.  The first cohort is a full population sample (20,000) of families who left welfare between January and June, 1997.  This cohort is currently being tracked using the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s existing Longitudinal Database as well as a completed sample survey (350 cases).  The results of the survey are scheduled to be released shortly.  For the second cohort, they plan to draw a full population sample (15,000) of administrative data for families that exited welfare between December 1998 and February 1999.  This will be supplemented with a detailed, mixed­mode survey of 600 cases conducted by the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts­Boston.  This second cohort is particularly interesting because it will include the first group of TANF recipients to “hit” Massachusetts’ time limits.

Estimated Completion Date:  February 2000.