Research Report Measuring Employment Outcomes in TANF
Heather Hahn, Teresa Derrick-Mills, Shayne Spaulding
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This report offers insights on the challenges of and opportunities for measuring employment outcomes in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. State programs differ dramatically, and one state may appear to have better outcomes than another simply because of differences in the structures of their TANF programs, not because of any true differences in outcomes for TANF recipients. Implementing uniform national employment outcome measures poses serious challenges and has the potential for unintended consequences. More promising are the options for the federal government to support and encourage state-specific employment outcome measures in TANF.
Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy Social safety net
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Research Methods Performance measurement and management