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


We recommend six measures under this topic, from either the Nebraska or the Illinois survey: (1) how the respondent usually gets to work, (2) how long it takes to get to or from work one way, (3) whether the respondent owns or has access to a car, (4) whether he or she has a valid drivers license, (5) whether the respondents car has broken down during the past month, and (6) whether the respondent feels that transportation issues prevent him or her from working. Time permitting, we recommend including two new measures: (1) whether the respondent believes he or she could get to work using public transportation, if needed; and (2) an estimate of how long it would take to get to work using public transportation. The last two questions were not found in any of the survey instruments reviewed; we think they are important, in order to determine a respondents perception of public transportation as a barrier to work and the potential hardship of using that method. However, these questions would not be asked of any respondents who usually travel to work using public transportation, since they would be repetitive and unnecessary.

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