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


To adequately measure the extent to which child care may be a barrier to employment, we recommend questions in three major areas: (1) the degree to which child care has interfered with the respondents ability to participate in work or training; (2) the specific child care situations that have caused a problem with respect to work or training; and (3) concerns about the cost, quality, and reliability of the child care provider. For the first area, we specifically recommend the five items fielded in Wave II of the WES (due to a problem with child care, respondent was unable to look for a work/training program; unable to take a job/participate in training; late for work/school/training; absent from work/school/training; or had to quit a job or training activity). For the second area about child care situations, we recommend the six items in the Missouri survey (the respondent is prevented from looking for work or lost a job because of a problem getting child care for: infants; sick children; or disabled children; or getting child care during school breaks/summer; after school; or early morning or evening). For the third area, we suggest four items from the WES (the respondent is concerned about: quality of available child care; dependability of child care; safety of child care setting; cost of child care). Finally, we recommend that one item be included to assess whether the respondent receives a child care subsidy from the Nebraska survey.

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