Mecklenburg County has maintained its working relationship with the Jordan Institute for Families. They continue to provide us updated extracts from various state information systems. They also help us to analyze and interpret our results. As the Jordan Institute continues to build longitudinal files for the state and counties, they will be supplementing their databases with information from other data systems such as subsidized childcare, child support enforcement, and Medicaid. Jordan Institute’s food stamp database will also undergo some improvements. Mecklenburg County will eventually receive all of this information from them. The agreement between Mecklenburg County and the Jordan Institute to continue our partnership is informal and somewhat open-ended. As long as the Jordan Institute is providing data for the state and other counties, Mecklenburg will benefit. County funds have maintained the planner position created as part of the data-linking grant. The Jordan Institute has absorbed costs associated with generating and distributing data.
In addition to supplements provided by the Jordan Institute, Mecklenburg County Social Services will work with its Mecklenburg County Resolves II partners to share appropriate data and information. Members of Mecklenburg Resolves who are potential data sharing partners for Mecklenburg County are the City of Charlotte, the Charlotte Housing Authority, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Mecklenburg Ministries, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Carolinas HealthCare System, Presbyterian HealthCare, and the United Way.
The database in its present state will allow for continued analysis of the TANF population. As previously mentioned, a project is underway which proposes to explain differences in duration in Work First as well as differences in post-welfare employment earnings. This project will tell us something about why these differences exist rather than merely what the differences are. The analysis promises to be useful in program planning, predicting outcomes for customers, and targeting resources and efforts.