Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. DEMOGRAPHIC AND BACKGROUND MEASURES


In this chapter, we begin with demographic and other background characteristics that describe the population of TANF recipients — including age, race and ethnicity, marital and cohabitation status, educational attainment, household composition, living arrangements, and family mobility. This demographic information will enable states to compare the economic, personal, family, and community-barrier measures across various demographic strata, in order to assess whether meaningful differences exist among recipients to these barriers.

Table II.1 summarizes our recommendations and priorities for measuring demographic and other background characteristics in the survey of TANF recipients. The estimate of the total time needed to administer all the “A”-rated items in the demographic and background characteristics domain, as indicated in Table II.1, is 4.25 minutes.

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