Family Investment Program (FIP)

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: Wright, Girley
202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6761

PERFORMER: Iowa Department of Human Services
Des Moines, IA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 04/30/2001

Florida Family Transition Program (FTP) Evaluation Project

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: Yaffe, Alan
202-401-4537

PIC ID: 6820

PERFORMER: Florida Department of Children and Families
Tallahassee, FL

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 04/30/2000

Home Visiting Services Demonstration

The demonstrations will test whether adding weekly home visitor services will result in helping first-time teen mothers better support themselves and their children while promoting positive parenting and reductions in repeat childbearing. The home visitors are paraprofessionals. The demonstration sites are Chicago, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; and Portland, Oregon.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Wright, Girley
202-401-5070

PIC ID: 5980

PERFORMER: University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Philadelphia, PA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 11/30/2000

Jobs-Plus: Community Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing Families

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: Faris, Hossein, Ph.D.
202-205-4922

PIC ID: 6835

PERFORMER: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation
New York, NY

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/31/2003

National Evaluation of Family Support Programs

In September 1994, the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) awarded a contract to conduct a national evaluation of Family Support Programs. The evaluation stems from legislation that provides funding to States for family support and preservation efforts. It represents an innovative attempt to combine knowledge derived from prior and ongoing research with new research studies designed to enhance our understanding about the effects of different programmatic approaches to family support. The study has three parts: (1) a comprehensive review of what is currently known about family support programs and their effects, (2) a phase that focuses on planning and implementing a series of research studies designed to fill the gaps in understanding programs and their effects, and (3) a synthesis of the two earlier parts. The evaluation is a five-year effort. The program and research reviews conducted in the first year will guide the formulation of a research strategy for the remaining years of the project. Up to ten new evaluation studies will be designed to fill gaps in the current knowledge base. These evaluations will be implemented in the second, third and fourth years of the study. The work of the final year will combine the information gained in the preceding years into an integrated and comprehensive report.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Administration on Children, Youth and Families

FEDERAL CONTACT: Bruce-Webb, Mary, Ph.D.
202-205-8628

PIC ID: 5848

PERFORMER: Abt Associates, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/30/2000

Prenatal and Early Childhood Nurse Home Visitation Program --Replication/Dissemination

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are supporting this initiative. The project allows for data collection and evaluation of an initiative to replicate and disseminate the nurse home visiting model. The model has been tested through randomized trials and found to be effective in improving outcomes for mothers and their children on a number of important outcome measures, including: (1) educational attainment, (2) employment, (3) welfare dependency, (4) parenting attitudes, and (5) subsequent pregnancies. The DOJ funded a grant to support technical assistance and training to replicate the model in selected sites. This project supports the evaluation component of the initiative to test the effectiveness of the replication process within normal operating environments. The initiative will answer questions pertaining to: (1) whether programs are implemented with fidelity to the original program model; (2) whether the program is reaching the target population of at-risk, low-income pregnant women; (3) the aspects of the model that are most difficult to implement and maintain; (4) the factors explaining site variation in program fidelity; and (5) the outcomes for pregnant women and families enrolled in each site.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Wright, Girley
202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6757

PERFORMER: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 12/31/2001