Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. RAND’s Los Angeles Study of Families and Communities (LASFC)


The LASFC is a four­year longitudinal survey of children, their families, and their neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  While designed to answer broader research questions about the effects of neighborhoods on children, the study offers an opportunity to examine the effects of welfare reform at the neighborhood level.  The study design includes both extensive household surveys and collection of detailed longitudinal information on neighborhoods through interviews with families, key informants, and service providers, on-site observation, and extensive administrative data.  ASPE support would be used to help supplement the household survey to obtain richer data on the dynamics in health insurance coverage (and perhaps health status) among children and families over the study period.