Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. San Mateo County, CA consortium


This project involves a consortium of three contiguous counties:  San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara, together with the SPHERE Institute.  They are using full population administrative data for the fourth quarter 1996 cohort, and a combination of full population administrative data and two 30-minute mixed mode surveys for the fourth quarter 1998 cohort.  The project includes linking of several administrative databases and an elaborate sampling plan in an attempt to look at a large variety of policy relevant subgroups across the three counties, including “diverted” families who initiate TANF applications but do not enroll in the program.  The survey instrument draws questions from a variety of well­known national surveys, and researchers are seeking a response rate of 85-90% of those sampled.

Estimated Completion Date:  A draft interim report was submitted in April 1999.  The proposal was for a two­year project, although second­year funding is contingent on performance and availability of funds.