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

08/28/2002

We recommend following the OMBs revised 1997 standards, which dictate using two separate measures for ethnicity and race. First, ask whether a respondent is of Hispanic or Latino origin. Second, ask whether a respondent considers himself or herself to be White, Black or African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Native American or Alaskan Native. The question of ethnicity reflects what was used in the Missouri survey. The question on race most closely reflects what was used in the Nebraska survey, with the categories changed to reflect the revised OMB racial categories. We believe these two questions most closely match the OMBs revised standards.

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