The Study of Work Participation and Full Engagement Strategies had three broad objectives: to identify state and local programs that intend to engage all or nearly all TANF recipients (excluding recipients in child-only cases) in work or work-related activities, to examine how these programs operate, and to identify ways in which other states might engage a larger share of their caseloads in work or work-related activities. More specifically, the study sought to answer the following research questions:
- Which state and local programs currently strive to engage all or nearly all TANF recipients in work or work-related activities?
- What program services and administrative procedures do state and local programs use to engage all or nearly all TANF recipients in work or work-related activities?
- To what extent are programs that attempt to engage all or nearly all TANF recipients succeeding, and how do levels of engagement in these programs compare to program participation rates as defined by the federal TANF legislation?