Performance Improvement 2001. Reforming Welfare and Rewarding Work: Final Report on the Minnesota Family Investment Program


This report is published in three volumes: a summary report and two separate reports on the program's impacts on adults (Vol. 1) and children (Vol. 2). It is the final report from an evaluation by MDRC of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The experimental program in Minnesota was designed without time limits and long before the passage of the landmark federal welfare reform law. Minnesota officials hoped that a new system that combined financial incentives to work with participation or work requirements for long-term recipients would increase work, reduce long-term welfare dependence, and reduce poverty for working families. For the group involved in this study, the program increased work, increased earnings, reduced the use of welfare as a sole income source, reduced poverty, reduced domestic abuse, and reduced children's behavior problems and improved their school performance.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Lawrence Wolf, 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 6824

PERFORMER: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, New York NY