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Cross-state findings on families leaving welfare

Date Added to Library: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 10:30
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1002/ev.21
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Isaacs, Julia B.
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Published Date: 
Fall 2001
Published Date (Text): 
Fall 2001
Publication: 
New Directions for Evaluation
Volume: 
2001
Issue Number: 
91
Page Range: 
21-32
Year: 
2001
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Abstract: 

As large numbers of recipients leave the welfare rolls, interest in their circumstances is widespread. Are individuals working? Are they and their families
moving out of poverty? How are their children faring? Do they continue to need and receive assistance through other programs? To answer these questions, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded $2.9 million in grants in
fiscal year 1998 to fourteen states and large counties to track and monitor outcomes among families leaving welfare.1 Funded out of a special congressional appropriation, these grants were designed to collect data documenting what was happening to poor families after the sweeping changes in welfare legislation. This chapter provides an overview of the design of the ASPE-funded leavers studies and reviews major cross-study findings in three areas: employment, program participation, and household income. In each area, the chapter discusses how data from administrative records are enriched by the more detailed findings emerging from surveys of former recipients. (author abstract)

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