Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. South Carolina

06/01/1999

This project will involve cohorts leaving the Family Independence Program (FIP) program from the first half of 1996 and the first half of 1997 using linked administrative data and 1,000 in-person interviews.  They will examine the outcomes of four groups:  leavers due to earnings, sanctions or time­limits and eligibles who never enroll.  Each of the initial interviews will have a follow-up one year and two years later.  The study focuses particular attention on issues of child well­being and use of the child welfare system.  The project will also include 40 in-depth family stories about 10 families from each group who will participate in a more detailed and extensive survey.

Estimated Completion Date:  Uncertain.  USDA funds were recently added to the project to study individuals and families leaving the Food Stamp Program.  An evaluation contractor for both populations is about to be selected.  The survey questionnaire will be modified to also include questions related to food stamps.  The sample size will be increased deal include the food stamp leavers.