Survey Design for TANF Caseload Project: Summary Report and Recommendations. TOPIC DOMAINS AND DETAILED MEASURES FOR SELECTED SURVEY INSTRUMENTS

08/28/2002

DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS
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  Demographics
* Age/DOB of SM X X X X X X X X   X X
* Ethnicity (Hispanic or Latino descent)   X   X X   X  
* Race X X X X X X X       X
  Born in US?   X X   X X   X     X
  US citizen?   X X   X            
* current marital status X X X X X X X X X   X
  how long married/living together X                    
  age / sex of spouse   X X                
* currently living together as couple with someone X       X X   X      
* currently live with spouse?         X X          
                         
  Educational Attainment/Low Educational Level
* Highest grade completed X X X X X X X     X X
* types of degrees / diplomas / certificates   X X X X   X       X
  age stopped attending school X                    
                         
  Household Composition
* # people in HH   X X X X X X X     X
* relationships of people to SM in HH       X   X X       X
* # kids age 5 or younger living in HH   X     X            
* # kids age 6-17 living in HH   X     X            
  ages / names of kids [under 18] in HH   X   X   X X     X X
* Does SM have kids [under 18] not living with them?   X     X X X        
  # of kids under 18 living outside HH   X       X X        
* Where are they living?           X X        
* Why are they living there?             X        
  Pregnancies / Births                      
  sm had child last yr (part of list of life stress events)           X          
                         
  Living Arrangements / Family and Child Moves
  type of living arrangement (own, rent, homeless, etc) X X X X X X X X      
* Does SM live in public housing? X X X X X           X
  Does SM receive vouchers for housing?   X X X   X          
  SM's home owned / rented / occupied w/o cash payment   X                  
  how long sm live in home   X       X          
  sm move from either from in-state or out of state   X                  
* # bedrooms in home   X       X X        
  SM's rent / mortgage payments last month   X       X X        
  Total HH monthly rent / mortgage payments   X                  
  what kind of place sm living in now (verbatim)           X          
  can stay where living next 30 days w/o being asked to leave           X          
  what other types of housing SM lived in past 12 mo's           X          
  how long sm lived in each type of place           X          
  where else [how long] has sm lived in past 12 mos           X          
* current housing situation interfere w/ wk or training           X          
* how many times did sm move (in past 12 mos)       X   X     X    
  when was most recent move       X              
* primary reason sm moved?       X              
EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES
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  Employment History
* work in the last 12 months   X X   X X   X   X  
* months/weeks employed during last 12 months   X     X            
  how many hrs usually worked p/wk last yr   X X         X      
* # different jobs in last 12 months         X            
 
  Current Job / Main Job / Most recent Job
  sm (or spouse) currently working X X   X X     X     X
* no. of current jobs X     X X            
* total hrs per week (all jobs) X X   X X X X       X
* job start date/length of employment X X   X X X X       X
* hrs per week - current, main or most recent job X X X X X X X        
* seasonal/temporary X   X   X   X        
* shift information X       X   X        
  union membership X         X          
  employed by self, gov., or private employer X X X         X     X
* industry/type of company X X X   X X X       X
* occupation X X X   X X X       X
  how long for new person to do your job? X                    
  no. of employees at company   X X                
* hourly rate of pay   X     X   X       X
  sm offered bonuses         X   X        
* weekly / monthly earnings X X X X X X X       X
* types of benefits offered X X X X X           X
  expectations for working at job 6 mo/1 yr/2 yrs from now X                    
* opportunity for advancement         X            
* reasons SM left job         X X X        
                         
  Reasons Not Currently Working/Never worked
* Main Reasons (multiple) X       X X          
  Main Reason (single)   X X       X        
  Has worked in exchange for goods/services (no $$)         X            
* lowest hourly wage acceptable for taking a job X                    
  List of reasons why sm can't find/keep a job (because                      
  it's discouraging to sm           X          
  someone makes sm feel guilty       X   X          
  someone refused to help sm           X          
  sm can't attend classes           X          
  sm harassed at work           X          
  someone caused sm to lose a job           X          
  list of job types/would sm take that job now if offered X                    
* perceived hiring discrimination (race, sex, welfare) X                 X  
                         
  Reasons not Working Prior Month
  couldn't afford / arrange child care       X           X  
  child was ill / disabled       X              
  sm currently ill / disabled       X             X
  working does not pay sm enough $       X              
  sm feels depressed / overwhelmed       X              
  sm getting financial support f/ husband / partner       X              
  sm in school / training       X              
  sm does not want to work       X              
  sm cannot find work       X              
  no jobs available in local area       X              
  sm not qualified for jobs       X              
  sm has transportation problems       X              
  sm has drinking problem       X              
  sm pregnant       X              
  sm retired       X              
 
  Participation in Work/Job Skills Training
* attend/received help find / pay for a GED Class last yr X     X X X X        
* attend/received help find / pay other ed. Training last yr X     X X            
  sm receive help with resumes / applications last yr         X            
  sm receive help with proper dress, behavior last yr         X            
  sm receive help with on-the-job training last yr       X X            
  sm participate in other ed / train programs last yr X     X X X         X
  sm participate in unpaid job     X X   X          
  sm participate in life skills / job readiness classes       X   X          
  sm take courses that trained for specific jobs X X   X   X          
  sm receive training to improve job skills / learn new job     X     X          
  # different schools / training programs attended             X       X
  why stopped attending program? X           X        
  hours per week attending X     X   X X       X
  describe skills you are learning X                   X
  sm complete program?             X        
  sm find job as result of attending program?           X X        
  type of school or training sm attended           X X       X
  sm required to participate in activities     X                
  sm do community work / unpaid wk as part of job train     X     X          
 
  Utilization of Job Search/Basic Work Orientation Services
  sm currently in job search activity           X          
* attend job search in past 12 mos (sm and/or spouse) X X     X            
* helped/did sm get job thru this source? X       X            
  receive any help from job search or placement     X                
  sm required to participate in job search     X                
  how helpful were programs in teaching skills, X                    
  feeling better about yourself X                    
  Were programs frustrating. X                    
  or make it difficult to get things done during day X                    
  sm looked for wk during past 30 days X         X          
  when last looked for work / how long ago X                    
  no. of employers contacted X                    
  no. of applications filled out X                    
  no. of interviews sm had X                    
  how many wks sm looking for work X         X          
  no. of hours p/week looking for work X                    
  was sm offered a job X                    
  why did sm turn down job offer X                    
  list of methods used by sm to find a job X                    
  Earnings                      
* SM's earnings (last month/week) X X X X X X X        
  Other HH members earnings, last month X X   X   X X        
  Income                      
* SM's income last month/ year X X X   X X   X      
* income from other adults, [last month / yr] X X X X X X X        
* total household income X X X X X X X X      
  receipt / amount of AFDC [last month / yr] X X X X X X X X      
  receipt / amount of Food Stamps [last month / yr] X X X X X X X X     X
  receipt / amount of WIC [last month / yr] X X X X X X X        
  receipt / amount of child support [last month / yr] X X X X X X X        
  receipt / amount of Unemployment Ins. [Last mon / yr] X X X X X X X        
  receipt / amount of SSI / SS [last month / yr] X X X X X X X X     X
  receipt / amount of foster child payments last month X   X X   X          
  receipt / amount of $ from other HH members last month X         X X X      
  receipt / amount of $ from family friends [last mon / yr] X X X X X X X        
  receipt / amount from other sources [last mon / yr] X X X   X X X        
* rating of difficulty living on HH income right now? X       X            
  list of activities to make money - did any in past 6mos X                    
  perceived hardship for HH in next 2 mos X                    
  Child Support Payments                      
* Did SM/other HH adults receive CS? Amount? X X X X X X X   X    
* Did sm make CS payments to Non-HH kids under 18   X       X          
  were CS payments part of court order   X X X         X    
  how much CS did SM contribute in past 12 mos   X       X          
PERSONAL BARRIERS
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  Low Prior Labor Force Participation
* ever worked for pay X       X   X   X    
* when did sm last work for pay       X     X     X  
* how much time/years employed since age 18 X       X            
     
  Lack of Work Orientation Skills (Dress, attendance)
* list of failed work skills and perceived seriousness X                    
  whether received training in dress/job behavior, etc         X            
     
  Few Job Skills
* list of job skills that SM has ever done X                 X  
     
  Perceived Discrimination on the Job
* discrim. because of gender or race/ethnicity (series) X                 X  
* sexual harassment X                    
     
  Learning Problems
* screener for dyslexia; dyscalcula - scale X       X            
  sm was in special education program in school     X   X            
  sm has learning disability           X          
* sm mentally retarded           X          
* sm has ADD           X          
  list of different types of learning problems           X       X  
     
  Limited English Fluency
* difficulty speaking / reading / writing English                      
  because not SM's native language         X            
  what is SM's native language (if o/than English)  
  comfort level w/speaking, writing and reading English           X          
     
  Illiteracy
  does HH have a library card/ how often used X               X    
  how many newspapers/magazines does HH get X               X    
  does SM have trouble reading books/newspaper/mag X               X    
  how often does SM read to him/herself X               X    
                         
  Physical Health Problems and Disabilities
* current health status X X X   X X   X X X  
* chronicity of condition     X     X   X      
* physical disability     X         X      
  functional limitations   X X     X   X   X  
* sm has no health insurance X     X X   X X      
     
  Mental Health Conditions
* Depression - scale X X X   X X   X X X  
* Generalized Anxiety Disorder - scale X         X   X   X  
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - scale X                 X  
  Phobias - scale X         X       X  
     
  Alcohol and Substance Abuse/Dependency
* Alcohol Use/Dependency - scale X   X   X X   X   X  
* Drug Use/Dependency - scale X   X   X X   X   X  
     
  Criminal Involvement
* SM has past criminal record (makes it hard to get job)         X            
* convicted of felony since age 18           X          
FAMILY BARRIERS
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  Family Member with Disability/Health Problem
* SM has child w/ health/behavioral/other needs X   X   X   X     X  
* SM has other fam mem w/ disability/other needs         X            
* children have no health insurance X     X X   X   X    
                         
  Problem with Child Care
  SM concerned about                      
  provider being too far away X       X            
* child care too costly X       X            
  can't find child care when needed/during work hrs X       X X          
* quality of available childcare X                    
* childcare not dependable X                    
  no relatives who could help out w/childcare X                    
* afraid caretaker would harm child X                    
  sm skip wk / training b/c worried about childs safety           X          
  # days in past mon. sm missed wk to take care of child           X          
     
  Due to problem w/childcare:                      
* unable to look for work/training program X                 X  
* unable to take job/participate in training X     X   X X     X  
* was late for work/school/training X                    
* was absent from work/school/training X                    
* had to quit job or training activity X     X X X       X  
              X          
  no. of different current childcare arrangements X               X    
  satisfaction with current childcare arrangement X                    
  sm docked pay b/c she lacked child care       X              
  how difficult was it to arrange childcare X                 X  
  how much do you pay for childcare X       X X     X    
  do you swap services w/others for childcare X                    
     
  what is the quality of child care you use           X       X  
  did child have an accident, injury, poisoning in ch care           X     X    
  was any child under 12 in self-care           X          
  how big of a problem are child care issues in terms of working or going to school/training         X            
  receive child care subsidy         X            
  ease or problems getting child care subsidy         X            
     
  need for child care           X          
  types of child care used           X          
  number of hours per week child care used           X          
  receive any child care that is unpaid           X          
  following cc situations prevent sm from looking for work:
* getting care for infants       X              
* getting care for sick kids       X              
* getting care for disabled kids       X              
* getting care for kids after school       X              
* getting care during breaks / summer       X              
* getting care for kids in early mornings       X              
  is childcare a barrier to getting a job?       X              
     
  Domestic Violence
* physical abuse X       X X     X X  
* sexual abuse X       X X     X X  
* serious threats X       X       X X  
* abusive control         X       X X  
* emotional abuse or verbal humiliation         X       X X  
* stalking                   X  
* interference with work X                    
* who committed abuse (partner v. stranger) X       X X     X    
     
  Family Member w/ Criminal Involvement
  family member or close friend in jail in past 12 mos X                    
  someone close to sm died or was killed X                    
  sm lived with someone with an alcohol or drug problem X                    
  sm lived with people who she wished didn't live there X                    
COMMUNITY BARRIERS
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  Transportation Problems
* How SM gets to job, etc X     X X X X        
* Minutes to get to work, etc. (one way) X   X   X X X        
* SM has valid drivers license X     X X X X     X  
* SM owns / has access to car X   X X X X X        
* Did sm car break down last month             X        
  community offers shuttle / van service?         X            
* trans. Issues prevent sm from working?       X X   X        
  trans issues prevent sm from attending ed. activities?       X X            
  sm docked pay b/c sm lacked transportation       X              
  sm lost / quit job b/c lack of transportation       X           X  
  public trans. A reasonable way to get to work?       X              
  public trans. A barrier to getting a job?       X              
  availability of public transportation X                    
* Could you get to work via public trans if needed?                      
* How long would it take you (via public trans.)                      
  agree/disagr: there is good pub. trans in neighborhood             X       X
 
  High Crime Rates
  problems in neighborhood with X                    
  police not coming or taking a long time when called X                   X
  groups of youth hanging out in public X               X    
  vandalism X               X    
  prostitution X                    
  sexual assaults/rapes X                    
  muggings X                    
  gangs X                    
* drug use or dealing in the open X           X       X
* unemployment X           X       X
* Run down buildings and yards             X   X   X
* crime, assaults,burgleries             X       X
  would sm move from neighborhood if could X                    
  perception of neighborhood safety X                    
  had any serious problems w/neighbors in past yr X                    
* sm afraid to walk alone in 8 block vicinity             X       X
* sm feel safe at home at night             X       X
* sm feel neighborhood is safe for kids to play in             X       X
 
  Housing Problems/Lack of Affordable Housing
* availability of affordable housing X                    
* been homeless during past year X                    
  no. of days/weeks sm was homeless X                    
* been evicted in past year X         X          
  had gas/electricity turned off b/c couldn't pay bill X         X          
  had phone service turned off b/c couldn't pay bill X     X   X          
  sought/received help from community agencies past yr X                    
  food security question (one out of the scale) X X X     X X        
  received help paying rent       X              
 
  Inadequate Job Availability
  not working b/cause no jobs available in local area       X              
  People in neighborhood have to travel long way to work                     X
  High unemployment             X       X
 
  Inadequate Availability of Services
  are services available/did you use them in past yr
  community family health service X                   X
  bank or credit union X                    
  organized summer recreational program X                   X
  community daycare or after-school program X                    
  literacy, GED, or tutoring program X                   X
  an employment office X                    
  are services available in your community
  career or job counseling                     X
  couseling or treatment for alcohol or drug abuse                     X
  counseling to help w/other personal or family problems                     X
  health clinics/places for emergency health care                     X
  are services available in your community
  birth control / family planning services                     X
  referrals or help finding needed assistance                     X
  help preparing for a GED                     X
  place to improve reading, math or other subject skills                     X
  recreational activity place for teenagers/young adults                     X
  place like big brother/big sister program                     X
                         
  have you needed any
did you know where to go for
          X          
  have you received
where did you get help for
          X          
  assistance with physical health           X          
  prenatal care           X          
  help w/emotional or mental health           X          
  help w/alcohol or drug problems           X          
  help w/physical violence in your home           X          
  assistance w/managing money           X          
  help getting and keeping a job           X          
  child care (sitters) for your children   X       X          
  assistance paying utility bills           X          
  help finding housing           X          
  assistance paying the rent           X          
  low-cost attorney services           X          
  help arranging transportation           X          
  free/inexpenvise clothing for your children           X          
  free/inexpenvise clothing for yourself           X          
  free/inexpensive cold weather clothing/raincoats for all           X          
  free or reduced price meals for kids at school/Head Start   X       X          
  free/inexpensive goods (pots, pans, cleaning devices)           X          
  other assistance           X          

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