Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. National Panel of Experts on Data Required to Evaluate Welfare Reform


As part of its overall research strategy for studying welfare outcomes, ASPE is currently conducting a Panel Study with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 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.  Through a combination of workshops, quarterly panel meetings, and written reports, the NAS­appointed panel of experts continues to:

  1. Review our existing research efforts on the effects of welfare reform;
  2. Examine the appropriate data sources, research designs and statistical methods for analyzing welfare reform outcomes; and
  3. Identify research gaps and data needs for the continued study of welfare reform.

To gain further insight on the Department’s welfare outcomes research plan, ASPE will continue to fund the National Academy of Sciences Expert Panel in 1999.

Estimated Completion Date:  Interim report Summer 1999; project completed March 2001.