The purpose of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care and Development Fund Research Synthesis Project was to inform research planning and support evidence-based decision making related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Care and Development Fund programs. This study examined research from other benefit programs on the effectiveness of policies designed to make their services more client-friendly and to help their clients get and keep benefits, and explored the implications both for Child Care Development Fund policy and for future research.
The study found that some program policies can create unintended barriers to subsidy access and retention. Evidence from Medicaid/State Child Health Insurance Programs and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program suggested access can be improved by simplifying application processes and lengthening redetermination periods, and that policy and administrative strategies may affect subgroups differently.
Report Title: Client-Friendly Strategies &Ndash; What Can CCDF Learn From Research On Other Systems?
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Emily Schmitt, 202-401-5786
Performer: The Urban Institute
Record ID: 9805 (January 15, 2012)