Iowa's Limited Benefit Plan. III. THE FLOW OF CASES THROUGH THE LBP

05/01/1997

One of the three main components of the LBP Study is an analysis of the flow of cases through the LBP. This analysis, which we refer to as the flow analysis, has four research objectives: (1) to document reasons for assignment to the LBP, (2) to describe the characteristics of cases assigned to the LBP, (3) to describe paths out of the LBP, and (4) to document the receipt of FIP and Food Stamp benefits over time by cases assigned to the LBP.

The flow analysis relies exclusively on administrative, or program, data from the Iowa DHS. In particular, data from several LBP and FIP program files are used to measure various aspects of the LBP assignment, individual and case characteristics, and the receipt of FIP and Food Stamp benefits. The sample for the analysis consists of all cases with first assignments to the LBP starting in the six month period from November 1994 through April 1995.