To gain further insight on the DHHS welfare outcomes research plan, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) plans to continue funding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Expert Panel in 1999 to evaluate the design of current, proposed, and future studies of the effects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996. The continuation of this Panel Study will assist the Department in: (1) reviewing our existing research efforts on the effects of welfare reform in the context of other efforts; (2) examining the appropriate data sources, research designs and statistical methods for analyzing welfare reform outcomes; and (3) identifying research gaps and data needs for the continued study of welfare reform. Over the course of this 30-month Panel Study, the Academy will continue to conduct workshops and will publish both an Interim Report and a Final Report. The Interim Report will contain a summary of the Panel’s first workshop as well as the Panel’s early recommendations on the Department’s welfare reform research plan. The Final Report will document the Panel’s comprehensive list of final recommendations on welfare outcomes research. The Interim Report is expected in the summer of 1999; project is expected to be completed by March 2001.