Evaluation of the SB 1041 reforms to California's CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work Program : findings regarding the initial policy implementation and outcomes / RAND authors: Lois M. Davis [and 7 others] ; AIR authors: Gabriele Fain [and 10 others].
- Davis, Lois M.
- Santa Monica, California : RAND Corporation ; [San Mateo, California] : AIR, American Institutes for Research, 
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- Physical Description:
- xxxiv, 317 pages : color illustrations, forms ; 28 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Rand Corporation
American Institutes for Research
California. Department of Social Services
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction -- Overview of SB 1041 Policy Changes -- Other Relevant Background for the SB 1041 Evaluation -- Evaluation Conceptual Framework and Approach -- Road Map for Report -- 2.Sources of Data and Methods -- State-Level Key Informant Interviews -- All-County Survey -- Focal County Qualitative Data -- State Administrative Data -- Nationally Representative Survey Data -- 3.State-Level Perspectives on Initial Implementation of SB 1041 -- Understanding of the Goals of SB 1041 -- State-Level Planning Process and Communication Regarding SB 1041 -- Factors Affecting the Initial Implementation of SB 1041 -- Perceptions Regarding the Potential Long-Term Impact of SB 1041 -- 4.Initial Implementation of SB 1041 at the County Level: Results from the ACS -- Status of Implementation of SB 1041's Components -- Organizational Changes Resulting from SB 1041 -- Communication Regarding SB 1041 -- Factors Affecting the Initial Implementation of SB 1041 -- CalWORKs WTW 24-Month Time Clock -- Understanding of Other Components of SB 1041 -- Early Engagement Activities -- Reengagement Strategies That Counties Identified as Being Effective -- Counties' Views Regarding Impact of SB 1041 on CalWORKs Program and Participant Outcomes -- Counties' Views Regarding the Effectiveness of SB 1041 Reforms and Related Mandates at County Level -- Counties' Additional Information Needs and Suggestions for Improving SB 1041 -- 5.A Six-County Perspective on Initial Implementation of SB 1041 -- Communication About and Planning for SB 1041 -- Initial Implementation of SB 1041 -- Work Participation Rate -- Understanding of SB 1041 -- Early Engagement Activities -- County Perceptions of the Impact of SB 1041 -- 6.Initial Descriptive Analyses for Status and Tracking Studies -- CalWORKs WTW Participant Demographics -- CalWORKs WTW Participant Counts for Status and Tracking Studies -- Time on Aid and WTW Time Clock -- Exemptions and Sanctions -- Leaving the WTW Program -- Employment and Earnings -- Reengagement -- 7.Initial Descriptive Analyses for the Impact Study -- Analyses of State Administrative Data -- Analyses of CPS Data -- 8.Conclusions and Policy Implications -- Summary of Key Findings -- Implications and Issues to Examine in the Next Phase of the Evaluation.
- "The California Budget Act of 2012, through trailer Senate Bill (SB) 1041, contained significant reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program. CalWORKs is California's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, a central component of the safety net that provides cash aid for low-income families with children. The SB 1041 reforms to CalWORKs aim to engage participants in more-intensive work activities as early as possible, while also providing more flexibility in work activity options and increased incentives for work as participants move toward self-sufficiency. The California legislature included a provision in the bill for an independent evaluation to determine if SB 1041 is achieving its objectives and if there are any unintended consequences. Following the background and study design report, this first evaluation report provides initial findings from the process study based on the first wave of an online All-County Survey (ACS) and qualitative data from state-level interviews and interviews and focus groups conducted in six focal counties. Findings from the status and tracking studies are based on analysis of state administrative data. Initial insights on participant outcomes in terms of welfare use and employment are explored with state administrative data and nationally representative data from the Current Population Survey. Future reports will be based on further qualitative and quantitative data collection, including a second wave of the ACS, additional interviews and focus groups in the focal counties, both state- and county-level administrative data, and the first wave of the California Socioeconomic Survey." --Publisher website.
- California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (Program)
- Aid to families with dependent children programs—California
- Welfare recipients—Services for—California
- Child care services—California
- Aid to families with dependent children programs
- Child care services
- Welfare recipients—Services for
- 9780833095558 paperback
- "RR-1348-CDSS"--Cover page 4.
"The reforms ... included changes to work requirements and the exemption for having a young child, ... enhanced supports to address barriers to work, offer more flexibility in work activity options, and increase incentives to work ... contract [awarded] to the Rand Corporation in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) "--Page iii.
"Prepared for the Califormia Department of Social Services."
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-317).
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