Performance Improvement 1999. Welfare Reform

02/01/1999

TITLE: Management-Focused Welfare Reform Evaluation Data Access and Policy Manual Development
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this contract is to develop and pilot test (a) a software package that organizes public assistance evaluation data into readily accessible formats that can be continually accessed and used for timely and responsive decision-making; (b) a policy analysis manual that assists users in understanding how to read and apply continually accessed outcome or impact data to program or policy decisions; and © technical documentation for systems personnel and regular users. Tools that provide administrators access to evaluation data in "real time" rather than when analysis is complete could mean that more policy decisions will be made based on systematically gathered information than would otherwise be the case.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mark Fucello

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-4538

PIC ID: 6836

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Princeton, NJ

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 10/30/98
 

TITLE: Examination of State Diversion Programs

ABSTRACT: This project will collect information from all States regarding the policies and practices the constitute diversion programs and/or activities designed to divert Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applications. More detailed case studies will be conducted in five to seven States in order to document actual implementation and operation of the diversion policies and activities. A major focus of the study will be an examination of linkages between Medicaid enrollment and diversion programs/activities. The study will also attempt to examine whether and how local communities and institutions, particularly traditional safety net providers, might be affected by diversion programs and/or activities. The project will address the following issues: (1) how state diversion programs or activities are being conceived, structured, and implemented; (2) the effects of these programs/activities on participants, particularly with respect to Medicaid enrollment; (3) how local community institutions are affected, particularly by Medicaid enrollment rates; and (4) whether strategies for monitoring changes in Medicaid enrollment rates can be developed based on existing data.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Nancye Campbell

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5760

PIC ID: 6759

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 11/30/98
 

TITLE: Welfare Policy Typology Project

ABSTRACT: With the enactment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), there are few, if any, strict Federal requirements for welfare programs, and States are not required to submit descriptions of their policies in any detail. This project will lay the groundwork for a database that would contain key information about State welfare policies (including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), State-funded maintenance-of-effort programs, and Federally funded child care assistance programs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Alan Yaffe

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-4537

PIC ID: 6837

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Urban Institute Washington, D.C.

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/31/98
 

TITLE: Neighbors, Services Providers, and Welfare Reform in Los Angeles County

ABSTRACT: This project will examine neighborhood variation in the availability of public and private social services throughout Los Angeles County. It will investigate how agencies are adapting to the current and anticipated changes in demand for their services as a result of welfare reform.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6763

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Rand Corporation Santa Monica, CA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 3/31/99
 

TITLE: Post-Employment Services Demonstration

ABSTRACT: Policymakers and program operators recognize that job loss among newly employed welfare recipients is a major barrier to increasing the rate at which recipients obtain employment and leave welfare. Numerous studies have shown that employment is one of the primary avenues by which single parents can become self-sufficient and end a period of welfare dependency. However, employment has been found to be an uncertain path out of dependency, because a high proportion of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients who become employed lose their jobs and return to public assistance, often within a few months. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is sponsoring a four-site demonstration and evaluation to address this important aspect of a comprehensive welfare-to-work strategy. The demonstration is being operated in the following locations: Riverside, California; Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and San Antonio, Texas. The Illinois Department of Public Aid is the lead State for the demonstration. Under the demonstration, each site is providing job retention and re-employment services to recently employed Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) program participants.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Lawrence Wolf

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5984

PIC ID: 5974

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/20/99
 

TITLE: Wisconsin Pay for Performance/Self-Sufficiency First Evaluation

ABSTRACT: Under the self-sufficiency first portion of this Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) demonstration, applicants for AFDC who were not exempt from Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) had to complete 60 hours of JOBS activities prior to approval. Under the Pay for Performance portion of the demonstration, recipients were required to participate in up to 40 hours of JOBS activities per week, and for each hour the recipient did not participate, the AFDC grant and food stamp allotment was reduced by the Federal minimum wage.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Leonard Sternbach

PHONE NUMBER: 415-437-7671

PIC ID: 6838

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State of Wisconsin, Dept. of Workforce Development, Madison, WI

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 5/30/99
 

TITLE: Florida Family Transition Program (FTP) Evaluation Project

ABSTRACT: This project continues an evaluation of a welfare reform waiver demonstration in Escambia County, Florida, that includes a 24-month time limit on cash assistance (with some exceptions), increased earned income disregards and asset limits, increased eligibility for two-parent families, and school attendance requirements for teenagers. The evaluation will produce process, impact, and cost-benefit studies using a random-assignment experimental design, and will examine the effects of FTP on individuals' participation in program activities, welfare use, and self-sufficiency.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Alan Yaffe

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-4537

PIC ID: 6820

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Florida Department of Children and Families, Tallahassee, FL

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30/00
 

TITLE: Welfare Reform Studies and Analyses (Rural TANF)

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this research project is to conduct an in-depth process evaluation of family response to the implementation of welfare reform in three remote rural counties of northeastern Washington State: Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille. The study will specifically look at family strategies to attain economic self-sufficiency, support for families from social networks, and assistance provided by community agencies, including transportation and child care. The major research questions are: (1) How do families formulate and act upon strategies to attain economic self-sufficiency in an environment of scarcity? (2) What is the relationship of a family's social network to their effectiveness in formulating strategies and successfully carrying out a plan to implement those strategies? (3) How do the actions of community agencies and organizations carrying out the tasks of welfare reform respond to family strategies? A variety of instruments, including structured interviews with families and agencies, and instruments to measure social supports and difficult life circumstances, will be used to measure the TANF implementation process effects on client behaviors and circumstances.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Jamie Kendall

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5600

PIC ID: 6834

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30/00
 

TITLE: Family Investment Program (FIP)

ABSTRACT: This study continues the evaluation of a welfare reform demonstration combining program changes designed to ease a family's transition from welfare to work with strict requirements that recipients participate, the Family Investment Agreement (FIA), under Iowa's employment program. The FIA details the steps a family will take to become self-sufficient and establishes a time frame for doing so. See also PIC ID 6762.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6761

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State of Iowa, Department of Human Services, Des Moines, IA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 6/30/00
 

TITLE: Youth Employment and Training Initiative (YETI)

ABSTRACT: The State will complete an evaluation of its Youth Employment and Training Initiative (YETI), which operated as a welfare reform demonstration from November 1993 until July 1997, when TANF was implemented in the State. YETI focused on inner-city youth in welfare families and provided counseling and classes designed to (1) help participants to stay in high-school and graduate, (2) increase life skills and self-esteem and reduce the incidence of pregnancies and substance abuse, (3) increase job-readiness and vocational skills, and (4) facilitate the transition from school to work. The overall objective of the project is to reduce the likelihood of welfare dependency among inner-city youth.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: John Maniha

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5372

PIC ID: 6821

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Illinois Department of Human Services Springfield, IL

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 7/1/00
 

TITLE: Evaluation of Community-based Job Retention Programs

ABSTRACT: This project includes two phases. In Phase I, the project will provide a detailed implementation analysis and short-term outcome findings for participants receiving various mixes of job retention and post-employment services. The services will be provided to about 700 employed TANF recipients through five community-based neighborhood service organizations in Pittsburgh that received funding through The Pittsburgh Foundation (referred to as the GAPS program). A common set of services will be provided, but within the context of different existing service delivery systems among the community-based organizations (CBOs). Phase II, in project years 2 and 3, will include State-funded job retention programs in addition to the GAPS projects. The project will address such issues as: (1) the post-employment services that are most instrumental in helping newly employed TANF recipients maintain employment; (2) the organizational features important to successful delivery of job retention services; and (3) the appropriate duration of services.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Nancye Campbell

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5760

PIC ID: 6760

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh PA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/00
 

TITLE: State Welfare Reform Evaluation Track 2

ABSTRACT: This project, which complements a separately funded evaluation being completed on Iowa's Family Investment Program (FIP), consists of two studies: (1) a study of repeat limited benefit plan (LBP) assignments; and (2) a study of post-employment services. The study of repeat LBP assignments will describe the experiences and outcomes of welfare cases that have been assigned to the LBP more than once. The study of post-employment services will describe and compare standard and enhanced post-employment services and assess their contribution to a client's progress toward self-sufficiency. See also PIC ID 6761.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6762

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State of Iowa, Department of Human Services, Des Moines, IA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/00
 

TITLE: Maryland Family Investment Program Evaluation

ABSTRACT: This is a Statewide process study to examine and document front-line assessment and allocation practices under TANF in Maryland's 24 local jurisdictions. The objective of this analysis is to help clarify the relationship between agency factors and county-level characteristics by describing county-level variation in front-line procedures.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mark Fucello

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-4538

PIC ID: 6823

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: University of Maryland, School of Social Work and Community Planning, Baltimore, MD

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/00
 

TITLE: Evaluation of the North Carolina Work First Program

ABSTRACT: This project will evaluate North Carolina's Work First program which requires TANF families to work towards self-sufficiency. Through Work First, parents can receive short-term training and families can receive child care and other services.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6829

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: North Carolina DHHS, Raleigh, NC

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/00
 

TITLE: Evaluation of Los Angeles Jobs-First GAIN

ABSTRACT: Using experimental methodology, this project will consist of an implementation/process study, impact study and a cost-benefit study. It will evaluate the results of changing Los Angeles GAIN, a human resource focused welfare-to-work program, into Los Angeles Jobs-First GAIN, a labor force attachment strategy. The change involved: (1) strengthening the job club and having case managers make immediate job activity referrals universally; (2) locating job developers in GAIN offices; (3) using goals and performance-based contracts to reinforce the Work First message within GAIN; (4) change program guidelines and staff training to communicate importance of finding employment; and (5) informing enrollees of the financial advantage of even minimum wage jobs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Lawrence Wolf

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5984

PIC ID: 6840

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York, NY

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/00
 

TITLE: Front-Line Management and Practice Study

ABSTRACT: This is a study of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) implementation at the local level, and is embedded in the larger SUNY-Albany State Capacity study, which is a 20 State implementation analysis. The principal objective of the Front-Line Management and Practice Study is to evaluate whether front-line workers are implementing the welfare goals and policies established by the States. Locally-based researchers will conduct in-depth observations in three local offices from each of four States. Sites have not yet been chosen, but no two offices will be selected from one county/city. A criterion for site selection dictates that the State give primary emphasis to work and job preparation, thus enabling the researchers to make comparisons among management practices that aim to affect the same sort of policy outcomes. Some sites will be chosen because they use traditional rule-based management and others because they rely on performance-based management.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mark Fucello

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-4538

PIC ID: 6841

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/00
 

TITLE: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

ABSTRACT: Using experimental methodology, this project will evaluate Minnesota's Family Investment Program (MFIP) with the following provisions:(1) increasing disregards below a specified income threshold; (2) requiring long-term recipients to participate in intensive employment/training services, including case management; and (3) consolidating benefits and simplifying rules for TANF, GA and Food Stamps.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Lawrence Wolf

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5984

PIC ID: 6824

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York, NY

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/31/00
 

TITLE: New Hampshire Employment and Training Program Process and Outcome Study

ABSTRACT: This Process and Outcome Study goes hand-in-hand with the New Hampshire Impact Study. By using surveys of recipients, staff and employers, this process study will determine how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was planned, designed and implemented. There will also be several special studies concerning diversion from welfare, sanctions, child care and transitional case management.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Leonard Sternbach

PHONE NUMBER: 415-437-7671

PIC ID: 6827

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: New Hampshire DHHS Concord, NH

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/01
 

TITLE: Training, Education, Employment, and Management (TEEM) Project

ABSTRACT: This project will produce a process evaluation of the TEEM project. The TEEM project consolidates TANF and LIHEAP into a single cash assistance program. TEEM includes the following major provisions: (1) a social contract, (2) increased work incentives, (3) sanctions, (4) raised asset limits, and (5) incentives for family stability and marriage.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6830

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: North Dakota DHHS, Bismarck ND

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/01
 

TITLE: Child Impact Studies

ABSTRACT: This project augments the existing welfare reform demonstration evaluations in five States (Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota) to assess the effects of different welfare reform approaches on child well-being outcomes, including school achievement, behavioral problems, and health status. The effect of intervening mechanisms, such as the quality and regularity of the home environment, child care arrangements, and parental employment and income, will also be examined.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Alan Yaffe

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-4537

PIC ID: 6847

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Multi-Professional Services Contracts. Washington, DC

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/01
 

TITLE: California Welfare Reform Impact Evaluation

ABSTRACT: This demonstration will attempt to estimate the impact of California's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Generally, impacts will be assessed by comparing outcomes in the post-TANF period with the pre-TANF period. The impact of various county programs may also be examined by comparing outcomes among the counties. In developing models to estimate impacts, California will use a 10 percent Statewide sample of welfare recipients. These samples date back to 1987, providing a rich database to use to test the models. The sample data consist of Department of Social Services information on Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medi-Cal and foster care. These data have been supplemented by data on unemployment and disability insurance, and Department of Health Services data on births. The major research questions concern the impact of State's TANF program on self-sufficiency, family composition, and child well-being. To the extent possible, the impacts of TANF on different subgroups will be considered. Subgroups will include racial and ethnic subgroups, as well as urban and rural subdivisions. Attempts will also be made to determine the impacts of differing implementation of TANF among the counties.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Leonard Sternbach

PHONE NUMBER: 415-437-7671

PIC ID: 5548

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: California Department of Social Services, Sacramento, CA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 3/31/02
 

TITLE: Achieving Change for Texans

ABSTRACT: This project continues an evaluation of the State of Texas' original welfare reform demonstration. The demonstration consists of four major components: (1) a number of policies implemented Statewide addressing such recipient responsibilities as immunization for children, school attendance and adherence to a personal responsibility agreement; (2) a number of policies implemented in counties operating JOBS, the primary feature of which is differential benefit time limits based on consideration of work experience and the need for education; (3) a number of policy options implemented in four counties, providing for individual development accounts and fill-the-gap budgeting; and (4) a one-county pilot offering a check for $1,000 in lieu of regular Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), with no re-application for benefits for one year.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: John Maniha

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5372

PIC ID: 6765

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State of Texas, Department of Human Services, Austin, TX

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 3/31/02
 

TITLE: Evaluation of Arizona Employing and Moving People Off Welfare and Encouraging Responsibility Program (EMPOWER)

ABSTRACT: Under this Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) demonstration, recipient families are encouraged to become self-sufficient by: (1) time-limiting cash assistance for adult recipients, (2) imposing a family cap, (3) extending transitional Medicaid and child care to 24 months, (4) eliminating the 100 hour rule for two parent families, (5) requiring unwed minor parents to live with a responsible adult, and (6) requiring 13 to 16 year old parents to participate in Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS).

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Leonard Sternbach

PHONE NUMBER: 415-437-7671

PIC ID: 6818

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Arizona State Department of Economic Security Phoenix, AZ

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30/02
 

TITLE: State Welfare Reform Evaluation Project (Jobs First)

ABSTRACT: Using experimental methodology, this project will continue an originally planned evaluation of the Jobs First demonstration, later incorporated into the State's TANF plan. The evaluation includes: (1) a short (21 month) eligibility time limit for non-exempt recipients; (2) 24 months of transitional Medicaid; (3) liberalized disregards; (4) "Family Cap", limited eligibility for children born while the family receives assistance; (5) strong job search emphasis, with employability assessment only if a search fails to yield a job; and (6) progressive sanctions for non-compliance.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Lawrence Wolf

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5984

PIC ID: 6819

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York, NY

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30/02
 

TITLE: Indiana Welfare Reform Evaluation Project

ABSTRACT: This project continues the evaluation of implementation and impacts of the "Indiana Manpower Placement and Comprehensive Training Program" (IMPACT) welfare reform waiver demonstration, now operating under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Richard Jakopic

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-5930

PIC ID: 6869

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Indianapolis, IN

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30/02
 

TITLE: Welfare Restructuring Project (WRP)

ABSTRACT: This project continues the evaluation of a welfare reform demonstration project. One of the key features is a time limit that requires some adult recipients to participate in community work experience after fifteen months (for two-parent families) or thirty months (for single-parent families) of receiving cash assistance.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6764

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State of Vermont, Department of Social Welfare, Waterbury, VT

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 5/31/02
 

TITLE: Minnesota WorkFIRST Program (Track 2)

ABSTRACT: Using a quasi-experimental, pre-test/post-test comparison group design consisting of both an impact and process study, this study will compare the WorkFirst and MFIP-S programs. WorkFirst uses a rapid labor force attachment strategy versus MFIP-S, which represents a progressive labor force attachment model.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Lawrence Wolf

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5984

PIC ID: 6825

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Health Care Admin. St. Paul, MN

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: Evaluation of the Employment First Program

ABSTRACT: This process evaluation will primarily focus on implementation and operation of the Nebraska Employment First Program and will conclude a special study to assess successful case management. In addition, a separate impact evaluation will be carried out comparing an intensive up-front job search strategy with the "traditional" up-front assessment approach.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Michael Dubinsky

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-3442

PIC ID: 6826

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Nebraska State Department of Health and Human Services Lincoln, NE

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: Impact Study of the New Hampshire Employment Program

ABSTRACT: This demonstration is designed to determine the impact of New Hampshire's entire Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. It will attempt to determine the effects of TANF on caseload and on employment and earnings, as well as the effects on areas such as foster care placements, child abuse and neglect, homelessness and child support collections.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Leonard Sternbach

PHONE NUMBER: 415-437-7671

PIC ID: 6828

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: New Hampshire DHHS Concord, NH

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: Virginia Independence Program

ABSTRACT: This project evaluates the State's TANF implementation, which continues policies begun under its welfare reform demonstration, Virginia Independence Program (VIP). Among the policies to be studied under the state's VIP are: (1) diversionary assistance, (2) a family cap, (3) time-limited assistance, (4) person responsibility agreements, (5) expanded earned income disregards, (6) school attendance requirements, (7) paternity establishment rules, (8) requiring minor parents to live in adult settings, (9) child immunization requirements, and (10) incentives promoting individual savings accounts and Medicaid and child care benefits.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: John Maniha

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5372

PIC ID: 6831

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept of Health Administration Richmond, VA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: Assessing Effective Welfare-to-Work Strategies for Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors in the Options/Opciones Project

ABSTRACT: This research project will study the effective strategies in addressing the needs of abused women as they try to enter the labor market. This project will document the needs of battered girls and women on welfare, and will identify successful strategies employed to eliminate violence and exit welfare.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Mary Ann MacKenzie

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5272

PIC ID: 6833

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Taylor Institute Chicago, IL

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: National Study of Child Care for Low Income Families

ABSTRACT: This project will study the low income child care market in 25 communities in 16 States with a sub-study to examine the family child care market in 5 neighborhoods drawn from these communities. The information provided from the study will help inform the issues surrounding subsidized child care and its implementation by the States, with particular attention to the provisions in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) over time, as well as how significant shifts in welfare policy and programs affect the child care market for welfare recipients and the working poor at the community level.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Richard Jakopic

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-5930

PIC ID: 6845

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Abt Associates, Inc. Cambridge, MA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/29/02
 

TITLE: Ohio Works First Evaluation

ABSTRACT: This demonstration will evaluate the Ohio Works First provisions and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies which include: (1)completion of a self-sufficiency contract, (2) more generous income disregards, (3) a 36-out-of-any-60 month time limit, and (4) whole family sanctions. In Ohio, local jurisdictions have great flexibility in running their TANF programs, and this evaluation will attempt to determine the differential effects of the various local programs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Nancye Campbell

PHONE NUMBER: 202-401-5760

PIC ID: 6758

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: State of Ohio, Department of Human Services, Columbus, OH

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/02
 

TITLE: Welfare-to-Work: Monitoring the Impact of Welfare Reform on American Indian Families with Children

ABSTRACT: The overall purpose of this project is to monitor and document the implementation, and assess the impact of, welfare reform on American Indian families and reservations in Arizona caused by the evolving State and tribal responses to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Extensive demographic, contextual, socioeconomic and case-level data are to be compiled from a variety of sources, and analyzed in order to document the baseline conditions and changing patterns, and to identify short-term outcomes. The researchers will: (1) use existing national data (e.g., Census, CPS, and SIPP) on American Indians to provide a context for the study of Arizona, (2) collect quarterly case- or household-level data on the welfare recipients on Indian reservations in Arizona to examine their characteristics and monitor changes in their situations under TANF, and (3) track and document TANF implementation by tribal entities using content analysis of relevant documents, in-depth telephone interviews and site visits. The evaluation of the long-term impact of the reform program is to be undertaken during the last four years of the project.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hossein Faris, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-4922

PIC ID: 6832

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Washington University, School of Social Work, St. Louis MO

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 9/30/02
 

TITLE: Jobs-Plus: Community Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing Families

ABSTRACT: This is a seven and one-half year demonstration program aimed at dramatically increasing employment, earnings and job retention among the working-age residents of family housing developments, a large percentage of whom are on public welfare or at risk of dependency. The program supports the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of locally-based approaches to providing saturation-level employment opportunities, including a combination of training and supportive services, financial and other incentives (occasioned by the welfare reform and new public housing policies), and vigorous efforts to rebuild and strengthen the community in support of work. The bottom line question for the Jobs-Plus Demonstration is: Does the program achieve its primary goal of dramatically increasing employment and earnings among public housing residents? And, does a large increase in employment and earnings lead to a better quality of life for residents? Questions concerning the sites' implementation strategies and experiences are also important and will be a major focus of the research. The evaluation design developed for the demonstration combines experimental and quasi-experimental methods in an unusually rigorous approach for studying the effectiveness of a place-based comprehensive social intervention. (It uses randomly-selected sets of treatment and comparison sites.) The study will use administrative records data as well as survey data covering a wide variety of outcomes. It will examine whether the program's impacts vary across sites and whether certain program strategies are likely to yield better results. The evaluation will include comprehensive cost and benefit-cost analyses.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Hossein Faris, Ph.D.

PHONE NUMBER: 202-205-4922

PIC ID: 6835

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York, NY

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/31/03
 

TITLE: Capitalizing the Bridge from Welfare to Independence (CBWWI)

ABSTRACT: This project is designed to expand the employment and training services provided by Goodwill Industries by constructing new centers in four counties in southwest Florida and six parishes in southeast Louisiana. Once constructed, the centers are expected to be self-supporting (i.e., no need for continuing public support) by utilizing the business activity and payroll generated by the donated goods business.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright

HONE NUMBER: 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6755

PERFORMER ORGANIZATION: Goodwill Industries of Manasota, Inc., Sarasota, FL and Goodwill Industries of Acadiana, Inc., Scott, LA

PROJECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 6/30/07