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


After weighing the trade-offs associated with the various measures described above, we recommend the questions from the WES that relate to this topical area, as follows: (1) Limited Work Experience: Ever worked for pay, number of years worked for pay since age 18; (2) Knowledge of Workplace Norms: Series of nine workplace behaviors in the past month; (3) Basic Job Skills: Experience with nine basic skills; (4) Perceived Discrimination: 16 questions on racial, sex, and welfare status discrimination. Although these measures have not been fielded in a telephone survey format, almost all of them require only a simple yes/no response and should be readily adapted for that mode of administration.

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