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Jobs First [microform] : Final Report on Connecticut's Welfare Reform Initiative. Summary Report / Dan Bloom, Susan Scrivener and Charles Michalopoulos
Bib ID 5692149
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Bloom, Dan
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2002 
54 p. 
Summary

Connecticut's Jobs First program was subjected to a rigorous, large-scale evaluation. During the evaluation, nearly 5,000 single-parent welfare applicants and recipients in 2 cities were randomly assigned to Jobs First or to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) group. Each group's progress was compared over a 4-year period. The following were among the key findings: (1) at the study's end, 51% of the Jobs First enrollees were working and off welfare versus 42% of the AFDC group; (2) Jobs First enrollees earned 7% more than did their AFDC counterparts; (3) although families in both groups received about the same amount in welfare payments at the end of the 4-year period, the Jobs First families averaged 6% more in income from public assistance and earnings; (4) just over half of the Jobs First recipients reached their benefits time limit, and about two-thirds received at least one 6-month extension; and (5) Jobs First generated some small improvements in the behavior of participants' young children but had mixed effects on adolescents. It was concluded that, at least when the economy is exceptionally strong and most nonworking recipients are granted benefits extensions, time limits on welfare receipt can be implemented without widespread severe consequences for families. (Contains 17 notes, 8 tables, and 3 figures.) (MN)

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Availability: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016 ($8). Tel: 212-532-3200; Web site: http://www.mdrc.org. For full text: http://www.mdrc.aa.psiweb.com/Reports2002/CT JobsFirst/CT JobsFirstSummaryReport.pdf.

Sponsoring Agency: Connecticut State Dept. of Social Services, Hartford.

Sponsoring Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.

Sponsoring Agency: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.

Sponsoring Agency: Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sponsoring Agency: Ambrose Monell Foundation, New York, NY.

Sponsoring Agency: George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

Sponsoring Agency: Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sponsoring Agency: New York Times Co., NY.

Sponsoring Agency: Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.

Sponsoring Agency: Open Society Inst., New York, NY.

ERIC Note: With Wanda Vargas. Also supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies. For full report, see CE 083 332. Supported by the Project on State-Level Child Outcomes, a project co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation supported by Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Annie E. Casey, David and Lucille Packard, Edna McConnell Clark, George Gund, and Smith Richardson Foundations.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adolescents.  |  Children.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Family Income.  |  Family Life.  |  Family Problems.  |  Family Work Relationship.  |  One Parent Family.  |  Program Effectiveness.  |  State Programs.  |  Welfare Recipients.  |  Welfare Reform.  |  Welfare Services.  |  Connecticut  |  Aid to Families with Dependent Children Impact Studies Time Limited Welfare Welfare to Work Programs
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Scrivener, Susan, author  |  Michalopoulos, Charles, author  |  Morris, Pamela, author  |  Hendra, Richard, author  |  Adams-Ciardullo, Diana, author  |  Walter, Johanna, author  |  Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY
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