Performance Improvement 2003. Work-Based Strategies for Hard-to-Employ TANF Recipients: A Preliminary Assessment of Program Models and Dimensions


This report helped to identify promising employment-focused strategies for individuals on welfare who face challenges in their efforts to leave welfare for work. The study was designed to achieve two goals:

(1) to identify and provide detailed information about the design and structure of work-based programs that serve, or that have the potential to serve, hard-to-employ TANF recipients, and (2) to assess the feasibility of conducting a rigorous, large-scale evaluation of such programs. It was found that: (1) A number of local communities implemented programs that showed promise in helping hard to employ TANF recipients enter the paid labor market. (2) The strength of the program is that it assesses a client’s interests and needs as a basis for developing an employment program intended to ease or accommodate potential barriers to employment. (3) The models shared the goals of traditional welfare employment programs. (4) The programs could expand in other communities if referrals are received from the welfare office and/or with additional funding. (5) Programs are affordable within the current TANF environment.

(6) Programs have not been rigorously evaluated. FEDERAL CONTACT: Girley Wright, 202-401-5070

PIC ID: 7539

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Washington, DC

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