ERIC Number: ED421627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs First. Early Implementation of Connecticut's Welfare Reform Initiative.
Bloom, Dan; Andes, Mary; Nicholson, Claudia
This report describes the first 2 years of Connecticut's Jobs First program operation. Chapter 1 describes the following: the policy context; the program's three main features--time limit, earned income disregard, and mandatory "work first" employment services; the evaluation and implementation analysis; and the research sites and target population. Chapter 2 discusses specific challenges that have faced Connecticut Department of Social Services during the first 2 years of Jobs First implementation. It describes the general context, highlighting several issues that have created a challenging environment for implementation; it also addresses specific challenges that arise from the nature of program policies, such as explaining the new policies, reorienting employment services, changing the message: the role of eligibility staff, and developing a pre-time limit review process. Chapter 3 discusses how Jobs First operated in the research sites during the pre-time limit period. It describes the analysis limits, focuses on how the first three challenges identified in chapter 2 have been addressed in the research sites, and looks at these issues from the perspectives of program participants. Chapter 4 examines the early implementation of the Jobs First time limit policy and presents preliminary information on the process that occurs as recipients approach and then reach the time limit. Appendixes include one table and two figures illustrating findings. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Commission on International Education.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut