Linking State TANF and Related Policies to Outcomes

Research Report

Linking State TANF and Related Policies to Outcomes

Preliminary Typologies and Analysis (Final Report)


This report classifies the wide variety of TANF and supportive services policies across states in a way that facilitates cross-state analysis linking welfare reform policies to outcomes. Specifically, the study: (1) developes typologies of state welfare (and related) policies around six key outcomes; (2) developes a public-use database with measures of 80 welfare policy variables, state economic and demographic variables, and the key outcome variables that they are hypothesized to affect; (3) uses factor analysis to create policy summary variables; and (4) uses cluster analysis to provide preliminary answers to questions about the relationships between state policy choices.

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