Performance Improvement 2004. The indiana welfare reform evaluation: five-year impacts, implementation, costs and benefits


This project evaluated Indiana’s welfare reform program, which included a strong work-first focus combined with a 24-month time limit on adults’ receipt of assistance, a family cap policy, and a number of personal responsibility provisions. The program was evaluated using a statewide random assignment experiment. Major impact findings included the following: For the first-year cohort, Indiana’s program reduced receipt of TANF and food stamps over the 5-year follow-up period, and increased earnings and employment rates in each of the follow-up years, but did not affect families’ total income; welfare reform benefited taxpayers because savings more than offset welfare reform expenditures.

PIC ID: 6869
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Yaffe, Alan, 202-401-4537
Performer: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Indianapolis, IN

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