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


We recommend seven of the measures listed under this topic, from either the Illinois or the YFC survey. They include the four-item scale that asks the respondent to rate the magnitude of the problem in their neighborhood with: unemployment; run-down buildings and yards; crime, assaults and burglaries; and drug use. We also would include the three measures that ask for the respondents perception of safety walking alone within eight blocks of home, feeling safe at home at night, and whether the neighborhood is a safe place for kids to play. Although these measures are briefer than those used in the WES, they capture the key information on the respondents perception of crime in his or her neighborhood.

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