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ERIC Number: EJ765854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Welfare and Child Support Program Knowledge Gaps Reduce Program Effectiveness
Meyer, Daniel R.; Cancian, Maria; Nam, Kisun
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v26 n3 p575-601 Sum 2007
There is little research on knowledge of the policy rules that could affect individuals, either in general or in evaluations of new programs. The lack of research is surprising, given that knowledge gaps could limit the effectiveness of reforms or lead to incorrect inferences regarding the effects of a policy change. In this article, we use survey data to examine the level and sources of welfare participants' policy knowledge in the context of a substantial change in child support and welfare policy in Wisconsin. We find very low levels of knowledge of child support policy rules. Multivariate analyses suggest that people tend to learn policy rules by experience; we find less consistent support for knowledge being primarily imparted through interactions with caseworkers. A difference-in-difference analysis suggests that if participants had been more knowledgeable, program impacts would have been larger. Implications of this research for policy implementation and policy evaluations are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 18 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Earned Income Tax Credit; Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families