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

08/28/2002

We have reviewed existing survey instruments that address the topics of employment, demographics, and various barrier measures to employability and self-sufficiency of welfare populations. Based on this review, we believe a new instrument is needed, one that focuses greater attention on key barrier measures. The new instrument will provide grantee states with an opportunity to understand better the characteristics and needs of their current TANF caseloads.

Table VII.1 summarizes our recommendations by topic area for the survey of TANF recipients. For each domain, we provide the number of measures recommended from Chapters II through VI, with an A rating and an estimate of the amount of time it would take to administer them. The estimate of total time to administer the A-rated items from all the domains is 43.75 minutes. This length is a rough estimate and will need to be formally tested with survey respondents to verify the accuracy. Cuts may be necessary to allow states the ability to add other measures of interest and maintain a reasonable survey length.

 

TABLE VII.1:
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROPOSED SURVEY OF TANF RECIPIENTS
Topic Domains Number of A- Rated Items Estimate of Time
(Minutes)
Demographic and other background information 14 4.25
Employment and economic outcomes 28 7.0
Personal barriers 20 18.5
Family barriers 25 9.0
Community barriers 17 5.0
TOTAL 104 43.75

 

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