Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. West Virginia


Under the leadership of the Governors Cabinet on Children and Families, an executive­level interagency council, West Virginia recently developed a set of six overarching outcome statements and identified a list of child and family indicators.  This project plans to build on these efforts by collecting baseline information and monitoring changes in indicator data at the county level and by providing indicator data to state and local policy makers, the business community and the public.  Although the Governors Cabinet functions as the lead state agency, responsibility for completion of major project tasks lies with the West Virginia Prevention Resource Center, an independent organization located within Marshall University Graduate School and created from a partnership between the Governors Cabinet, the Department of Health and Human Resources, Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety, Department of Education, and the Department of Education & the Arts.  Project tasks include:

  1. The development of promotional indicators which communicate positive outcomes;

  2. Adoption of key child and family indicators by the Cabinet;

  3. Collection and analysis of data from the relevant agencies;

  4. Working with legislators and local communities to increase awareness and use of indicator data in state and local policy making;

  5. Design of a web site for publication of indicator data; and

  6. Preparation of annual and other periodic indicator reports.

The project also anticipates working closely with local community organizations to used indicator data in priority setting and engaging in research to examine changes in child well being, family stability, and in the status of specific target groups such as welfare recipients and families with children enrolled in CHIP.