Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. Common Measures Used, Pros and Cons


Most surveys collected information on why respondents were not currently working at a job or why they never worked. Instruments varied, however, as to whether the question was worded in a general or a specific way. The former type of question allowed the respondent to say anything that came to mind. The interviewer then coded the response from a list of available codes. The latter type of question focused the respondent on a particular reason why he or she might not be working. The WES included three other measures under this topic: (1) perceptions of discrimination during hiring, (2) the lowest hourly wage a respondent would accept to take a job, and (3) whether a respondent would accept a specific type of job (read from a list) if it was offered

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