A Study of Work Participation and Full Engagement Strategies. Acknowledgements

09/01/2004

The Study of Work Participation and Full Engagement Strategies was conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) under contract to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Many individuals within these organizations assisted in conducting the study and producing this report.

At DHHS, Elizabeth Lower-Basch monitored each project task and provided useful suggestions for improving the study and final report. Alana Landey was responsible for all business aspects of the study, which primarily included monitoring the budget. Don Winstead and Peter Germanis also reviewed the final report and provided useful comments.

At MPR, LaDonna Pavetti led all aspects of the study from beginning to end. Michelle Derr, Jacqueline Kauff, Gretchen Kirby, Heather Hesketh, and Michelle Van Noy conducted site visits and wrote the site visit summaries. Ama Takyi and Regina Gramss conducted the programming needed to prepare and analyze the administrative data, and Jacqueline Kauff conducted the data analysis. Alan Hershey provided quality assurance reviews of all study products, and Daryl Hall edited this report. Alfreda Holmes provided ongoing and consistent administrative support.

In addition, a broad range of researchers, policymakers, and staff at community-based and nongovernment organizations helped us to identify sites to include in the study. They include: Andy Bush and Grant Collins at the Administration for Children and Families at HHS; David Fein and Alan Werner at Abt Associates; Thomas Gais and Richard Nathan at the Rockefeller Institute; Kristin Seefeldt at the University of Michigan; Allison Logie at American Management Systems; Jacob Klerman at Rand; Larry Mead at New York University; Barry Van Lare and Nanette Relave at the Welfare Information Network; Mark Greenberg at the Center for Law and Social Policy; and independent consultants Mark Hoover, Jason Turner, and Liz Schott.

This report would not have been possible without the cooperation and support we received from staff at all levels in each of the study sites. State and local TANF administrators, case managers and supervisors, eligibility workers and other TANF program line staff, administrators and staff at contracted service providers, and staff who handle data collection and reporting as well as management information systems spoke with us openly about the strategies they use to engage TANF recipients in work and work-related activities. In each site, one individual was responsible for arranging MPR's in-person visit. These individuals include Marie Parker in El Paso County, Colorado; Georgianna Hayes in Franklin County, Ohio; Linda Shepard in Montgomery County, Ohio; Chris Weaver in Oswego County, New York; Jeremy Samsky in Riverside County, California; Chris Gordon in Utah; and Liz Green in Wisconsin. In addition, Mary Kay Cook, Mary Riotte, and Joan Bancroft in El Paso County, Colorado, and Ann Kump in Utah provided us with administrative data for analysis and were very responsive to our questions about the data.

We would like to thank all of these organizations and individuals for their important contributions to this study. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the federal government.

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