National Evaluation of the Welfare-to-Work Grants Program: Final Report. Purposes and Organization of the Final Report

09/01/2004

This report presents new findings on outcomes for WtW enrollees pertaining to their experiences during the second year following program entry. It also includes earlier results from each of the core components of this WtW evaluation. With these data, the report examines employment patterns over the full two years following WtW enrollment and the well-being of participants and their families at the end of that period.

The remainder of this report is organized in five chapters. Chapter II answers the question What localities and programs were included in the evaluation? This chapter also examines the background characteristics of the WtW participants included in our study sample and, by comparing them to a reference sample of TANF recipients in the same localities, answers the question, Were WtW participants a particularly hard-to-employ segment of the TANF population? Chapter III draws on the findings from the WtW process and implementation study and examines two key research questions: What populations were targeted by the WtW programs? and What services did these programs offer? Chapter IV presents findings on whether enrollees achieved success in the labor market. Finally, Chapter V answers the question, How were WtW enrollees faring two years after entering the program? The answers to these key research questions provide the basis for our conclusions regarding the WtW program, which are presented in Chapter VI.

Appendices A and G provide individual summaries of reports on each core component or special study under this evaluation, with the exception of the outcomes analysis, which is the principal focus of the body of this report. Appendix H provides a complete list of reports prepared under the WtW evaluation.

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