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

08/28/2002

To estimate the number of TANF recipients who are at risk of a learning disability, we recommend the 12-item Washington State Learning Needs Screening Tool. We also recommend including two yes/no items that ask about other types of learning problems: one to determine whether or not individuals have been told they have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and one to determine the presence of diagnosed mental retardation.

To measure limited English proficiency, we recommend an item that identifies respondents who are non-native English speakers. We have less confidence that illiteracy can be reliably measured in this telephone survey, and thus recommend only the proxy measure (reading to self, going to the library, and so on), in the event that time remains after higher-priority measures are included.

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