Report on Alternative Outcome Measures: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant . Employment-Related Measures

12/01/2000

Employment is one of the key objectives of the TANF program. At the federal level, the statute governing the TANF program explicitly defines ending dependence on government programs through the promotion of work as one of the four goals of the program. This is also one of the top priorities for states under TANF; when given the opportunity to compete for bonuses based on employment-related measures in FY 1999, a total of 46 states chose to do so. Because it is such a fundamental goal of TANF, multiple performance measures related to a state's success in helping individuals find and keep employment are discussed in this section.