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


The type and number of job search measures found in the surveys varied greatly. A few surveys (WES, NSAF, CPS, and Nebraska) asked whether respondents attended a job search program during the past 12 months, whether the program helped them get a job, or whether they got a job as a result of attending a program. The WES and Alameda surveys asked further questions on whether respondents looked for work during the past month and how many weeks they spent looking for work. In addition, the WES asked a long series of detailed questions about job search activities, such as the number of employers contacted, the number of applications filled out, the number of interviews attended, whether they were offered a job, whether they turned it down, and how helpful or frustrating the program was in general.

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