ERIC Number: ED432389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Children and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Evaluating the Effects of State Welfare Policies on Children.
Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
Although targeted explicitly at changing adult behaviors and outcomes, welfare reform has direct implications for children. This guidebook details the results of the Project on State-Level Child Outcomes, designed to assist states in measuring child outcomes in the context of welfare reform programs. The guidebook is presented in three sections. Section 1 describes the Project study, in which representatives of state welfare agencies, federal government representatives, and researchers identified a set of child outcomes and agreed upon measurement techniques. This section also describes why child outcomes may be affected by adult-focused welfare programs, describes the conceptual model and common set of constructs, and describes several approaches to studying child well-being and the strengths and weakness of each approach. Section 2 presents the common core of constructs, including the rationales and sample questions to assess outcomes related to: (1) family income; (2) employment; (3) family formation and dissolution; (4) mother's psychological well-being; (5) absent parent involvement; (6) stability and turbulence; (7) consumption; (8) use of health and human services; (9) child care; (10) home environment and parenting practices; (11) children's education; (12) children's health and safety; and (13) children's social and emotional adjustment. Section 3 contains five appendices, including a copy of the child well-being survey and adult survey used in Florida, federal data sources, a description of surveys and measures from which sample measures were drawn. Contains approximately 125 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.; Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.