Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform, 2001. Background


In its report for the FY 2001 Appropriation for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Conference Committee added funds for the fourth year to the Policy Research account in the Office of the Secretary and directed in its report that the funding support studies of the outcomes of welfare reform:

"The conferees include $7,125,000 to continue the study of the outcomes of welfare reform and to assess the impacts of policy changes on the low-income population. The conferees recommend that this effort include the collection and use of state-specific surveys and state and federal administration data, including data which are newly becoming available from state surveys. These studies should focus on assessing the well-being of the low-income population, developing and reporting reliable state-by-state measures of family hardship and well-being and of the utilization of other support programs, and improving the capabilities and comparability of data collection efforts. These studies should continue to measure outcomes for a broad population of welfare recipients, former recipients, potential recipients, and other special populations affected by state TANF policies. The conferees further expect a report on these topics to be submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by May 1, 2001." (H. Rept. 106-1033, page 165)

This document has been prepared by the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), in response to the requirement for a report. Unless otherwise noted, this report discusses only the welfare outcomes research agenda supported by the targeted appropriation. No attempt has been made to reflect the separately funded welfare research agenda of the Department's Administration for Children and Families (ACF)(1) or the Department's broader health and human services research agendas, except to the extent that some projects are supported jointly by welfare outcomes funding and funds from other sources.