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TANF and Employment Issues
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, created in 1996, requires most welfare recipients to work and imposes time limits on welfare benefits. Recent changes in federal TANF rules place new pressures on states to reduce their welfare caseloads and increase the proportion of their TANF recipients in work activities. Mathematica’s research is providing useful guidance to states in this evolving policy environment.
The Pathways to Work Evidence Clearinghouse: The What Works Clearinghouse of Proven and Promising Approaches to Move Welfare Recipients to Work
People who run programs for low-income job seekers and those seeking to promote policies that can improve employment outcomes for low-income individuals need evidence about what works.
Exploring Measurement of Performance Outcomes and Work Requirements in Programs Promoting Economic Independence (EMPOWERED)
The purpose of this study is to conduct a cross-cutting examination of the use of performance measures, work requirements, and child support requirements among human services programs that include a focus on promoting self-sufficiency.
Michelle Derr specializes in translating research findings effectively to improve public policies and direct practice.Featured Projects
- Improving the Coordination and Performance of Government Programs for Disadvantaged Job Seekers
- Project IMPROVE: Improving Program Outcomes Via Evidence-Based Technical Assistance
- Learn, Innovate, Improve (LI²): Using Evidence for Continuous Program Improvement (Presentation)
- BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Process Study Report
- Training and Re-employment
- Family Support
- TANF and Employment Issues
- Human Services