ERIC Number: ED439265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Achieving Change for Texans. Evaluation. Net Impacts through December 1997. Revised.
Schexnayder, Deanna T.; Olson, Jerome A.; Schroeder, Daniel G.; Betsinger, Alicia M.; Sim, Shao-Chee
Achieving Change for Texans (ACT) was a demonstration program designed to help participants achieve independence from welfare through employment, training, temporary assistance, and support services. The ACT included the following four primary components: Time-Limited and Transitional Benefits (TL); Responsibilities, Employment, and Resources (RER); Incentives to Achieve Independence; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) One-Time Payments. At some RER sites (called Choice sites), welfare recipients agreed to a combination of RER and time limit provisions in return for an extra 6 months of transitional Medicaid and child care services. In June 1996-December 1997, a total of 39,116 welfare cases were assigned to either the control or experimental groups for one of the ACT components. Each component's early impacts were evaluated through a process evaluation, impact evaluation, and follow-up interviews. Very few differences in outcomes between the experimental and control groups were observed for the TL component. However, it appeared that the combination of RER and time limit provisions in the RER Choices experiment may be causing a statistically significant number of experimental group caretakers to leave and remain off TANF rolls in the early months of the experiment. (Twenty-four tables/figures are included. A technical appendix and additional statistical impacts are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Dept. of Human Services, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families