Performance Improvement 2005. Welfare-to-work Grants Programs: Adjusting to Changing Circumstances


This report, one in a series produced under the National Evaluation of the DOL Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Grants Program, provides an update on the status of WtW program operations and post-WtW plans for the eleven evaluation study sites as the five-year grant periods draw to a close. The report highlights the extent of ongoing enrollment, the ways in which grantees have adapted to a variety of economic and policy changes that have occurred since the beginning of the program, and grantees’ perceptions of the value of the program. Findings show that most of the 11 grantees were still active in 2003, and program models continued to be refined and improved. In most sites, funding beyond WtW was very uncertain, and administrators were concerned about their long-term ability to continue programs begun with WtW funding. Grantee administrators had generally positive opinions about the WtW program, and identified several areas for improvement, including a need for longer-term funding, more federal technical assistance, and better referral systems from TANF to WtW.

PIC ID: 8121; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Landey, Alana, 202-401-6636; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

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