Ongoing Efforts to Monitor and Track State Welfare Program Rules




Congressional Research Service (CRS), U.S. Congress


Will conduct state (mail back) surveys to document a key set of program rules.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), Washington, D.C.

TANF; Food stamps; Medicaid; Employment related to TANF

Set up a network of legal services groups to report program rules for all 50 states; verification of prepublished summaries by states. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ASPE/DHHS)


Current focus is summarization of state submitted TANF plans and waivers.

Health Systems Research, Washington, D.C.

Food stamp waivers

Telephone survey of states during the fall of 1997. Up to 15 states will be visited in person to understand implementation issues. Funded by the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, N.J.

Simplified food stamp plans

Assessment of cost neutrality for states choosing this option. Funded by the Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.

Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin

TANF, local area variants

Development of a prototype project to characterize local area variation in welfare programs that could be linked to SIPP at the primary sampling unit (PSU) level. Funded by the Census Bureau.

American Public Welfare Association (APWA), Washington, D.C.

TANF Simplified food stamp plans

Monthly surveys of states on different topics related to reforms.

Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.

TANF Food stamps Child care Workforce development Medicaid General Assistance

Understanding policies for 13 states in depth through site visits, local collaborators. Information for remaining states (in less detail) will be collected through available published documents from the states, APWA, CRS, and CLASP, and augmented through annual telephone surveys to document implementation and special issues. Some programs will be covered through biannual telephone surveys. Funded by Annie E. Casey, Kellogg, Kaiser, and other foundations.


SOURCE: Zedlewski (1996:Table 3); information as of December 1996. Used by permission of the author.

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