Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Project Overview

06/01/1999

The overall aims of this project are:  (1) to promote state efforts to develop and monitor indicators of the health and well­being of children as welfare reform and other policy changes occur; and (2) to help to institutionalize the use of indicator data in state and local policy work.  Partnerships of state government agencies with responsibilities for addressing childrens issues were invited to apply for grants.  At a minimum, the partnerships were to include the agencies with lead responsibilities for childrens programs, including childrens health programs, and the welfare and income support programs. In September 1998, grants of approximately $50,000 were awarded to thirteen states:  Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.  States may receive continuation funding for a second year.  States were selected based on their readiness to make advancements and have a range of experience in this area.  Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is organizing technical assistance opportunities for states to work with one another, research and policy experts, and federal staff.  Assistance will be provided on issues in conceptualizing and measuring child indicators and institutionalizing the use of indicators in policy processes.  The two­year project period ends in September 2000, although it is anticipated that the states will continue their indicator efforts beyond that time. Below are brief descriptions of the projects based on the activities each state proposed in its application for funding, although the projects continue to evolve.