Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON SELECTED SURVEY INSTRUMENTS


Background Information on Selected Survey Instruments
Survey Instrument Conducted by / date Mode of Administration, Interview length Population and Sample Frame Sample Size Key Barrier Topics Covered Contact Name, Address, and Phone
Women’s Employment Survey (WES) University of Michigan Poverty Research and Training Center, 1997 and 1998 In-person (hard copy),
60 minutes
Random sample of single mothers w/children in an urban county of Michigan who were receiving TANF in Feb. 1997. Interviewed in fall 1997 (Wave 1) and reinterviewed in fall 1998 (Wave 2) Wave 1 - 753 interviews (86% completion rate) Workplace norms, perceived work related discrimination, transportation issues, physical and mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence Sandra Danziger
(734) 998-8504,
National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF) Urban Institute (UI), 1999 Phone (CATI),
45 minutes
RDD sample drawn from 13 states, representative of the civilian, non-institutionalized pop. under age 65, plus an area probability sample of households without telephones 42,360 household interviews conducted Health status and limitations, housing and economic hardship, food insecurity, child well being, family stress and parent/adult psychological well- being Jenny Kenney, Urban Institute
(202) 261-5886,
Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD) U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1999 In-person (CAPI), w/self-administered q’aires (SAQs) for adolescents using a personal audio-cassette player
72 minutes per household
Nationally representative RDD Sample of non-institutionalized pop. over age 15 16,395 household interviews, including 3,259 SAQs completed by adolescents (85% completion rate for household interview, 58% completion rate for SAQ) Core - food security, child well being SAQ – Substance abuse, sexual behavior, and other problem behavior Michael McMahon,
(301) 457-1616,,
Missouri TANF Leavers and Stayers Surveys (MO) Midwest Research Institute, 1999, 2000 and 2001 Phone (CATI) with in-person follow-up (mostly cell-phone call-ins) Estimated length for 1999, 2000 and 20001 surveys -
45 minutes
1999 and 2000 surveys – Missouri TANF leavers in 1997 2001 survey – current or recent TANF recipients 1999 survey – 792 interviewed (66% completion rate) 2000 follow-up survey – 594 interviewed (75% completion rate) 2001 survey – still in progress 1999 survey – Training; reasons not working; mobility and housing 2000 survey – Reasons not working; Training 2001 survey - Mental health, domestic violence, child care Nancy Dunton,
University of Kansas Medical School,
(913) 588-1456,
Nebraska Client Barriers Survey (NE) Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), 2000 Phone (hard copy)
45 minutes
Women in Nebraska, age 18-54, (with children), who received TANF during Jan. 2000 412 interviews (75% completion rate) Physical and mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, learning disabilities, childcare and transportation issues Alicia Meckstroth, MPR,
(609) 275-2338
Alameda County (CalWORKS) Needs Assessment Survey Public Health Institute; Berkeley, CA, 1998 In-person (hard copy)
90 minutes
Random sample of adult CalWORKS clients receiving TANF in October 1998 512 interviews (DK completion rate) Domestic Violence, childhood and teenage abuse, physical and mental health, substance abuse, learning disabilities. Richard Speiglman
(510) 649-1987,
Illinois Food Stamp Leavers Survey MPR, 1999 Phone (hard copy) 45 minutes Random sample of Illinois residents who received food stamps at some point in 1997 but not in the two months after 497 (60% completion rate) food insecurity, list of hardship indicators, transportation problems, neighborhood conditions Anu Rangarajan, MPR
(609) 936-2765,
Health Care for Communities Survey (HCC) MPR and RAND, 1998 Phone (CATI),
34 minutes
List frame sample drawn from Community Tracking Study respondents, w/oversampling of 3 groups; those with low- income, those who used specialty mental health services in prior yr, and those who reported high psychological distress 9,661 interviews (64% completion rate) Physical and mental health, substance abuse, life stressors Katherine Minnium
(310) 393-0411, ext. 6580,
CalWORKS Prevalence Survey CA Institute for Mental Health (2000) In-Person (hard copy) List frame of TANF recipients meeting the following criteria: female CalWORKS recipients in Kern and Stanislaus counties, must be English or Spanish speaking only; aged 18 – 59 and be on TANF for at least one year. Kern County: 398 completed interviews (55% completion rate) Stanislaus County: 499 completed interviews (71% completion rate) Mental health, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse Sandra Naylor Goodwin,
project director.
(916)-556-3480, ext. 103
Iowa Child Impact Survey (Iowa CI) MPR (1999) In-Person (hard copy) List frame sample drawn from Iowa Core Survey respondents w/eligible focal child in household 1,475 interviews (completed 75% of eligible cases) Mental health, domestic violence, behavioral assessments of focal child Chris Ross, MPR
(202) 484-4235,
Youth Fair Chance Community Survey (YFC) MPR (1995 and 1997) Phone (CATI) RDD sample of at-risk youth living in 32 high crime areas 1995 survey = 2590 interviews completed (57% response rate from listed sample and 47% from unlisted sample); 1997 survey = 1609 interviews completed (59% overall response rate) Lack of available jobs and services in community Mark Dynarski, MPR
(609) 275-2397

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