Iowa's Limited Benefit Plan. E. Content of the Interview

05/01/1997

The LBP survey instrument was designed to elicit the perceptions of respondents about how they came to be assigned to the LBP, the changes in their lives that coincided with the end of cash assistance, and their experiences coping without cash assistance. In responding to specific questions, survey participants were instructed to refer to one or more periods: the period leading up to the assignment to the LBP and continuing through the first six months of the LBP, the final month of cash assistance (LBP month six), the period following the termination of cash assistance and continuing to the date of the interview, and the interview month. For example, respondents reported on their experiences with FIP, PROMISE JOBS, and the LBP during the period leading up to assignment to the LBP and continuing for the first six months of the LBP. They reported on their household composition, housing arrangements, and economic status in LBP month six and in the interview month. For the period following the termination of cash assistance up to the date of the interview, they reported on the jobs that they held and on the assistance that they received from family, friends, and community organizations.