Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. Rationale for Why the Topic Was Chosen


Educational attainment is a key measure in determining an individuals economic potential in the workforce, as well as being an indicator of economic self-sufficiency. Individuals with low levels of education have much greater difficulty obtaining self-sustaining employment and are at higher risk of economic instability. This instability can contribute to, and exacerbate, stress on the family unit. Measuring educational attainment will enable states to compare their welfare populations by education level, to learn whether significant differences exist along key barrier measures.

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