Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Wisconsin

06/01/1999

Wisconsin is using its “leavers” funding to build on and expand two projects.  First, Wisconsin has used state funds to build a longitudinal database to study families who either left AFDC prior to implementation of Wisconsin Works (W-2) or who did not convert during the transition.  This data is being used in conjunction with a series of surveys of families who left W-2 in 1998.  The state funded a survey of clients who exited in the first quarter of 1998, the results of which were released in January 1999.  Nearly half of their funding under this announcement will be used to extend this survey to clients who exited during the last three quarters of 1998.

Estimated Completion Date:  The final reports on each leavers cohort will be released approximately one year from the end of the quarter being studied, making the final report due on or around December 31, 1999.

Wisconsin is using more than half of its 1998 HHS funding (and plans to use additional funding from the Administration for Children and Families in FY 1999) to expand an applicant diversion study undertaken by the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin­Madison.  This portion of the study focuses on three subgroups of applicants:  (1) those who request assistance and subsequently participate in the W-2 program; (2) those who request assistance but are determined to be ineligible for program participation; and, (3) those who request assistance, appear to be eligible, but do not participate in W-2.  A six­month cohort of applicants is being tracked through a combination of linked administrative data (e.g., public assistance, quarterly earnings, child support, foster care, and mental health data) and two waves of surveys.