Performance Improvement 2006. Potential Employment Liabilities Among TANF Recipients: a Synthesis of Data From Six State TANF Caseload Studies


The goal of this project was to improve understanding of the relationship between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipient characteristics and employment outcomes through an analysis of existing survey and administrative data from six states: Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, and South Carolina. The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) funded a round of competitive state and local research grants in fiscal year 2001 to study the characteristics and circumstances of individuals and families receiving TANF cash assistance. ASPE staff merged survey data from all six studies and conducted a pooled analysis of employment liabilities and work among welfare recipients. The study found that those liabilities that were most consistently related to work - low education levels, low work experience, poor physical health, and child care problems - were also among those liabilities that were more common among TANF recipients in the six states.

PIC ID: 8178; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Hauan, Susan, 202-690-8698; Performer: ASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy, Washington, DC

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