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  • Individual Author: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Michigan Program on Poverty and Social Welfare Policy
    Reference Type: Dataset
    Year: 2004

    Description: The Women’s Employment Study (WES) is a five wave panel study of women who resided in one urban Michigan county and received cash welfare in February, 1997 through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. The primary purpose of the study is to examine barriers to employment.

    Population: Women residing in one urban Michigan county, consisting of nearly equal levels of African American and white samples. Data collected through in-person interviews. Sample sizes for each wave: 753, 693, 632, 577, 536.

    Periodicity: Data collected in five survey waves, during the Falls of 1997-2003.

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

    Description: The Women’s Employment Study (WES) is a five wave panel study of women who resided in one urban Michigan county and received cash welfare in February, 1997 through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. The primary purpose of the study is to examine barriers to employment.

    Population: Women residing in one urban Michigan county, consisting of nearly equal levels of African American and white samples. Data collected through in-person interviews. Sample sizes for each wave: 753, 693, 632, 577, 536.

    Periodicity: Data collected in five survey waves, during the Falls of 1997-2003.

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

  • Individual Author: Princeton University
    Reference Type: Dataset
    Year: 2006

    Description:The New Immigrant Survey (NIS)provides a public use database on new legal immigrants to the United States and their children that will be useful for addressing scientific and policy questions about migration behavior and the impacts of migration.

    Population: Nationally representative sample of new legal immigrants and their children in the United States. 8,573 adults and 810 children completed interviews.

    Periodicity: The baseline survey was conducted from June 2003 to June 2004. A survey pilot project (NIS-P) was carried out in 1996 to inform the fielding and design of the full NIS. The follow-up interview (NIS-2003-2) was conducted from June 2007 to December 2009.

    Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: Child development.

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency...

    Description:The New Immigrant Survey (NIS)provides a public use database on new legal immigrants to the United States and their children that will be useful for addressing scientific and policy questions about migration behavior and the impacts of migration.

    Population: Nationally representative sample of new legal immigrants and their children in the United States. 8,573 adults and 810 children completed interviews.

    Periodicity: The baseline survey was conducted from June 2003 to June 2004. A survey pilot project (NIS-P) was carried out in 1996 to inform the fielding and design of the full NIS. The follow-up interview (NIS-2003-2) was conducted from June 2007 to December 2009.

    Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: Child development.

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

  • Individual Author: U.S. Census Bureau
    Reference Type: Dataset
    Year: 2008

    Description: The main objective of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households in the United States, and about the principal determinants of income and program participation. SIPP offers detailed information on cash and noncash income on a sub-annual basis. The survey also collects data on taxes, assets, liabilities, and participation in government transfer programs. SIPP data allow the government to evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, and local programs.

    Population: Continuous series of panels each have nationally representative sample size of 14,000 to 37,000 households. Multistage stratified sample is comprised of U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, respondents being household members 15 years and up.

    Periodicity: Panels range from two and a half to four years. Data available for all waves of the following panels: 1984, 1988, 1990-1993, 1996, 2001, 2004,...

    Description: The main objective of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households in the United States, and about the principal determinants of income and program participation. SIPP offers detailed information on cash and noncash income on a sub-annual basis. The survey also collects data on taxes, assets, liabilities, and participation in government transfer programs. SIPP data allow the government to evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, and local programs.

    Population: Continuous series of panels each have nationally representative sample size of 14,000 to 37,000 households. Multistage stratified sample is comprised of U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, respondents being household members 15 years and up.

    Periodicity: Panels range from two and a half to four years. Data available for all waves of the following panels: 1984, 1988, 1990-1993, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2008. Interviews conducted monthly.

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

  • Individual Author: U.S. Census Bureau
    Reference Type: Dataset
    Year: 2010

    Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data annually with an aim to give communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.

    Population: The survey is mailed to three million Americans per year (250,000 monthly) in order to get a nationally representative sample. Approximately two million interviews conducted per year, with some personal visit follow-up.

    Periodicity: 2005-2010 and will continue annually.

    Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: benefits, expenses

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

    Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data annually with an aim to give communities the current information they need to plan investments and services.

    Population: The survey is mailed to three million Americans per year (250,000 monthly) in order to get a nationally representative sample. Approximately two million interviews conducted per year, with some personal visit follow-up.

    Periodicity: 2005-2010 and will continue annually.

    Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: benefits, expenses

    (Information adapted from the publisher)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

  • Individual Author: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
    Reference Type: Dataset
    Year: 2011

    Description: The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) measures economic, social, and health factors over the life course of families over multiple generations.

    Population: Nationally representative sample of approximately 18,000 individuals from 4,802 households (2,930 nationally representative plus over sample of 1,872 low income) and their descendants.  Head of household is contacted and interviewed over the phone.

    Periodicity: Data first collected in 1968. Collected annually through 1997 and biennially thereafter.

    Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: Income transfers, food expenditures, children/family status. 

    (Information adapted from the distributor)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

    Description: The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) measures economic, social, and health factors over the life course of families over multiple generations.

    Population: Nationally representative sample of approximately 18,000 individuals from 4,802 households (2,930 nationally representative plus over sample of 1,872 low income) and their descendants.  Head of household is contacted and interviewed over the phone.

    Periodicity: Data first collected in 1968. Collected annually through 1997 and biennially thereafter.

    Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: Income transfers, food expenditures, children/family status. 

    (Information adapted from the distributor)

    For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

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