Performance Improvement 2001. Wisconsin's Self-Sufficiency First/Pay for Performance Program: Results and Lessons from a Social Experiment


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. This is a report conducted on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development by the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The task was to conduct a field reconnaissance of Wisconsin's Self-Sufficiency First and Pay for Performance Programs (SSF/PFP). One section of the report identifies the data difficulties and limitations that IRP encountered during its evaluation. Another section examines selected outcomes for AFDC participants who moved to PFP in 1996. The last section provides a summary and conclusion and offers a recommendation concerning future large-scale efforts to operate controlled experiments and monitor their impacts with operational data systems.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

FEDERAL CONTACT: Leonard Sternbach, 415-437-7671

PIC ID: 6838

PERFORMER: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Madison, WI