Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. OVERVIEW


This report presents the research that Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) is conducting for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), to assist states and counties in studying their current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) caseloads. This research consists of a summary review of existing survey instruments that focus on welfare populations, especially those with sections covering barriers to employability and self-sufficiency, as well as recommendations for specific measures and questions to include in a new survey instrument. This work will culminate in the development of a recommended instrument that states and counties will use to conduct telephone surveys of their TANF caseloads.

The introductory chapter discusses the importance of this project within the current policy context, as well as reinforcing the need for a new survey instrument that focuses on barriers to employability and self-sufficiency and provides background on the process we undertook to review existing survey instruments.

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