Improving service delivery for clients, increasing efficiency, and minimizing costs are key goals for TANF programs. In recent years, evidence, evaluation, and program analytics have helped harness the power of evidence and data to improve program outcomes.
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.
Project IMPROVE: Improving Program Outcomes Via Evidence-Based Technical Assistance
Project AWESOME: Advancing Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research
Project AWESOME, a multi-year effort, is producing cross-cutting research that is responsive to the needs and interests of the field. Mathematica is supporting the development, implementation, and dissemination of this research program.
Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER)
Mathematica is conducting a systematic review of the research literature on programs and strategies intended to help low-income adults acquire and maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiency.
Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation
This evaluation used random assignment to assess innovative approaches to helping welfare-dependent and other low-income families in rural areas to enter, maintain, and advance in employment and to secure family well-being.
Improving the Coordination and Performance of Government Programs for Disadvantaged Job Seekers
Mathematica is documenting strategies for increasing client engagement in federal- and state-defined work activities and highlights promising practices in TANF/WIA coordination.