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DATA AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES FOR TRACKING FORMER WELFARE RECIPIENTS: A WORKSHOP SUMMARY Appendix A Workshop Agenda Workshop on Evaluating State Welfare Reform Programs: Methods and Data November 13-14, 1998 Lecture Room National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. Friday, November 13 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast 9:00 Welcoming Remarks and Objective of Workshop Robert Moffitt 9:15 Topic One: What Are the Policy Questions of Interest? Subtopics: What policies are most important? What outcomes are most important? Adult Outcomes? Child Outcomes? Discussants: Tom Corbett, Kathryn Edin 10:15 Coffee Break 10:30 Topic Two: What Are the Study Populations of Interest? Subtopics: What is the study population? What kinds of leavers are being studied? What about entrants and new entrants? Long-termers vs short-termers? What is the unit of observation? What geographic coverage is obtained? Discussants: Joe Hotz, Rebecca Maynard 11:30 Topic Three: What Methodology Is Used for the Evaluation? Subtopics: What is the counterfactual of interest? How are cohorts defined? Are there comparison groups and what kind? Discussants: Rick Hanushek, Robert Moffitt
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DATA AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES FOR TRACKING FORMER WELFARE RECIPIENTS: A WORKSHOP SUMMARY 12:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30 Topic Four: What Data Are Used for the Evaluation? Subtopics: Administrative data Linkages among adminstrative data sets Survey data Response rates and data quality Discussants: John Czajka, Robert Goerge, Werner Schink 3:00 Break 3:15 Topic Five: Open Discussion of General Issues Topics: Are there broader issues that are not being addressed? How do the evaluations fit into the state's overall research plan? What types of evaluations could be conducted if more time and money were available? Discussion Leader: Robert Moffitt 5:15 Workshop Summary 5:30 Adjourn
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