Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Welfare Reform and Its Implications for Persons with Disabilities


This project is a supplement to an ongoing four­year study of the implications of welfare reform for low­income families living in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio.  Funds are being used to explore how welfare reform is affecting the lives of a particularly vulnerable subset of the welfare population  — adults and children with disabilities.  This will be accomplished by conducting longitudinal case studies of families with members with disabilities receiving TANF and through a broader survey effort.  The purpose of the data collection efforts is to better understand how recent work participation requirements and time limits under welfare reform are affecting service utilization, family member’s health and development, support networks, parenting, and child care arrangements.

This project is part of a broader study being undertaken by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, Harvard University, University of Chicago, University of Texas­Austin, and the University of North Carolina­Chapel Hill.  It has been jointly funded by ASPE, ACF, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD).  The Department’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is the primary funder of the broader study, along with several private foundations.

Estimated Completion Date:  A first year report on the ethnographic case studies is due in December 1999; results from the longitudinal survey will be available pending the completion of data collection and analysis.