By Human Services Planning and Evaluation, Mecklenburg County,
Department of Social Services
Prior to the ASPE linked database grant, Mecklenburg County had a local Automated Income Maintenance System (AIMS) and access to the State Eligibility Information System, Food Stamps Information System, and State Employment Programs Information System. These databases allowed us to gather statistics on families in Work First, North Carolina’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, but these databases could only tell us about caseloads in a given month. Now we have longitudinal data that allows us to track our Work First families from January 1995 through the present. The longitudinal TANF data can be joined to various other State data such as Employment Programs, Food Stamps, and Employment Security Commission files. These linkages provide a more comprehensive view of clients’ circumstances.