Status of Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform, 2000. Archiving of AFDC Data


This project organized into a data archive the Characteristics Surveys of AFDC recipients (which were carried out every two years from 1967 through 1979) and the annual AFDC Quality Control administrative data (collected from 1982 through 1996). These data facilitate comparisons between the TANF program and its predecessor AFDC program to analyze changes in the characteristics and size of the caseload over time. The Urban Institute, the contractor, made the data variable names and definitions consistent across years, as well as cleaned, documented, and published these data on the Internet for use by researchers wishing to compare the new world of welfare reform with the old world of AFDC, among other uses. The ASCII (plain text) data files, documentation of files and variables, and commands to create a SAS data set for each year are available at: <>.