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Data Sources on Parents

Families/Parents Receiving Welfare

The Finance Project develops and disseminates research, information, tools, and technical assistance for improved polices, programs, and financing strategies. The website's Information Resource Center, Economic Success Clearinghouse, provides information on Welfare Policy and Services and cash assistance for low-income families with dependent children. Applicant diversion, earned income disregards, welfare eligibility and benefits, sanctions for noncompliance, and engaging hard-to-serve recipients are among the topics addressed. Publications, data, and research are available on all of these topics.

Mathematica Policy Research conducts research to support decisions about our nation's most pressing social policy problems. Its research crosses the human life span, from children's health and welfare to long-term care for elderly people. It provides
  • evaluation expertise,
  • direct data collection, and
  • insight into the socioeconomic issues that drive public policy.
Its Welfare Policy research area has a variety of publications relating to conducting welfare reform evaluations, how to collect information efficiently, and how to measure effects on participants.

The Illinois Families Study is a six-year panel study of 1,362 families who are moving from welfare to work in nine Illinois counties. Mandated by the state legislature and directed by Northwestern University, the researchers report annually to the Illinois General Assembly on how these welfare recipients are faring in their efforts to find and retain jobs and reduce their dependency on public aid.

The Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides an array of statistics on welfare caseloads, including TANF and state-by-state comparisons.


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