Performance Improvement 2006. The Welfare Rules Data Book: State Policies as of July 2002


The State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Policies: Welfare Rules Database Expansion project provided resources to facilitate updating and expanding the Urban Institute’s Welfare Rules Database (WRD). The Urban Institute had begun developing the WRD in early 1997, as part of the Assessing New Federalism project. The database was conceived as a single location where information on program rules could be researched across States and/or across years, without the need to consult multiple documents, and it was intended to provide a resource for researchers working on both descriptive and quantitative projects. As of the end of 2000, the Urban Institute had released information on eligibility and benefits rules for 1996 through 2000. This project funded updates to the database for 2001 and 2002. The database is available to the public online at:

The reports from the project were three Welfare Rules Data books, which provide summary tables of selected information on state TANF policies as of July of the years 2000, 2001, and 2002.

PIC ID: 8228; Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation; Federal Contact: Yaffe, Alan, 202-401-4537; Performer: The Urban Institute, Washington, DC

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