Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. About the Study


The Urban Institute
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The Authors
The report was prepared by Terri S. Thompson and Kelly S. Mikelson, Research Associates at the Urban Institute.

This study was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

This study could not have been completed without the cooperation and assistance of many individuals. Most importantly, our thanks go to TANF agency officials and subject matter experts who assisted us with our research on screening and assessment tools and practices. We also thank Pamela Holcomb of The Urban Institute for her support and guidance throughout the project. We further recognize the invaluable contributions of project team members Lynne Fender, Jesse Valente, Pamela Loprest, and Sabina Taj. David Peabody produced the design and desktop publishing for this report. Finally, we are indebted to our two Project Officers, Jamie Kendall of ACF and William Marton of ASPE, for their commitment to the project.

How to Get the Report
A free copy of the report can be obtained from
Marie Belt
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 424E
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington D.C. 20201
Fax (202) 401-7733

Copies may also be accessed through the websites of the Administration for Children and Families (, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (, and the Urban Institute (

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