Unemployment Insurance as a Potential Safety Net for TANF Leavers: Evidence from Five States. II: Study Background and Analysis Approach


This study uses data from the National Evaluation of the Welfare-to-Work (WtW) Grants Program Evaluation, which Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) is conducting under contract with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), at DHHS, to examine the extent of potential monetary UI eligibility among people who leave welfare for work. Congress established the WtW grants program in 1997 to support TANF programs in high-poverty communities in their efforts to assist the most disadvantaged welfare recipients make the transition from welfare to work. Congress also mandated that the WtW grant programs be evaluated. As part of that evaluation, MPR collected data on welfare recipients in 11 WtW grant sites, chosen to achieve diversity in terms of grantee type, urban versus rural location, and local economic conditions.

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