National Evaluation of the Welfare-to-Work Grants Program: Final Report. Acknowledgements

09/01/2004

This is the final report on a congressionally mandated evaluation of the Welfare-to-Work (WtW) grants program. Mathematica Policy Research, inc., (MPR) and its subcontractors the Urban institute (UI) and Support Services international (SSI), conducted the evaluation under contract with the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The authors of this report wish to acknowledge the contributions of many individuals at these organizations and elsewhere who contributed to the evaluation.

Much of the quantitative data for the evaluation were collected by MPR through surveys of WtW grantees and the individuals that they served.  Shawn Marsh and todd Ensor were instrumental in conducting these surveys under the general direction of Rita Stapulonis.  Jason Markesich was responsible for the system used to enroll individuals in the evaluation.  Amang Sukasih, Sonya Vartivarian, Esther Friedman, and Donsig Jang designed and implemented procedures for weighting the survey data to be representative of all WtW enrollees in the study sites and for variance estimation.  Daisy Ewell and Julie Sykes performed the statistical programming that was required to analyze data from the surveys and from state administrative systems.

Staff of the Urban institute had primary responsibility for collecting and analyzing qualitative data for the evaluation through visits to the study sites.  the UI process analysis site visit team included Terri Thompson, Nancy Pindus, Carolyn O'Brien, Pamela Holcomb, Lynne Fender, Edgar Lee, and Jesse Valente.  John Trutko of Capital Research Associates was also a member of the UI site visit team.  Michael Eigner of UI and Deo Bencio of MPR conducted the programming for the analysis of the site visit data.  Karin Martinson, also of UI, was a coauthor of an early report on WtW-funded services for noncustodial parents.

At MPR, Debra Strong, Michelle VanNoy, Jacqueline Kauff, Jeanne Bellotti, and Charles Nagatoshi also conducted process analysis site visits and were coauthors of many of the reports prepared under this evaluation.  the late Walter Corson conducted quality assurance reviews of many of the evaluation reports, while Paul Decker performed that role for this final report.  Caitlin Johnson edited this report and Alfreda Holmes produced it.

Walter Hillabrant and his colleagues at SSI, Mack Rhoades Jr. and Judy Earp, conducted this evaluation's targeted study of tribal WtW programs, resulting in four reports.

This evaluation received valuable support for staff with several U.S. Government agencies.  in particular, Alana Landey, the ASPE project officer, gave consistently good advice and guidance over the full life of the evaluation.  Useful comments on this and other reports on the evaluation were provided by Canta Pian and Kelleen Kaye at ASPE and by staff from other collaborating federal agencies, including Christine Cremer, Dennis Lieberman, and Roxie Nicholson at the Department of Labor; Ken Maniha at the Administration for Children and Families, HHS; and Mark Shroder at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Finally, we would like to thank the many administrators and staff of the local WtW-funded programs who contributed to this evaluation by providing information on their programs and assisting in the collection of baseline data on WtW participants, and the systems analysts who provided this evaluation with data from state administrative records.

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