Understanding the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina for ACF Service Populations

Research Report

Understanding the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina for ACF Service Populations

A Feasibility Assessment of Study Approaches

Abstract

This report is an analysis of alternative datasets and research approaches to assess the effects of Hurricane Katrina on populations served by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The assessment addresses four overarching research questions, with an emphasis on using existing datasets: 1) where did populations of interest go and where are they living since Katrina; what are the effects on income and employment; what are the needs for ACF programs and services; and how did the disaster affect ACF programs themselves? The report includes an extensive annotated bibliography of analyses through January 2007.

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