Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. New York


This is a two­year project for which the state requested less than one­third of total funding in 1998.  The study includes both TANF exiters and individuals under sanction, whether or not they leave assistance.  The goals of the project include:  determining the frequency of outcomes such as employment, job retention, use of transitional assistance and returns to assistance; identifying barriers to self­sufficiency; examining the effectiveness of sanction policies in changing behavior; and developing a longitudinal tracking capacity for welfare outcomes in New York City.  The State plans to use full population administrative data from TANF, SSI, Food Stamps, Medicaid, foster care, child support, and wage records to analyze cohorts from the first quarter of 1997 and the first or second quarter of 1999.  Assuming second year funding is awarded, the 1999 cohort will also involve a 900 case survey in the first quarter of 2000.

Estimated Completion Date:  The final report in this project is expected in October 2000.