|Topic:||Evaluating Welfare Reform: A Framework and Review of Current Work|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on National Statistics
Friday, September 10, 1999 -- 1:00 p.m.
1016 Longworth House Office Building
Evaluating Welfare Reform: A Framework and Review of Current Work
In 1998, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) asked the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council to convene a panel on Data and Methods for Measuring the Effects of Changes in Social Welfare Programs. The panel's charge was to study and make recommendations on the best strategies for evaluating the effects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and other welfare reforms and to make recommendations on data needs for conducting useful evaluations.
This interim report, Evaluating Welfare Reform: A Framework and Review of Current Work, presents the panel's initial conclusions and recommendations, treating many issues in much less depth than they will be treated in the final report. The report has an immediate short-run goal of providing DHHS with recommendations regarding some of its current projects, particularly those recently funded to study "welfare leavers" -- former welfare recipients who have left the welfare rolls as part of the recent decline in welfare caseloads.
This briefing was for Members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 9, 1999 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.