The State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Case Studies project is designed to expand the knowledge base on innovative approaches to help people with low income, including TANF recipients, prepare for and engage in work and increase their overall stability. Mathematica and its subcontractor, MEF Associates, were contracted by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to develop descriptive case studies of nine innovative state and local programs. The programs were chosen through a scan of the field and discussions with stakeholders. The case studies can inform TANF practitioners and staff of other programs about innovative practices to support employment. The studies also can expand policymakers' and researchers' understanding of programs that support people's success in work and highlight innovative practices for future research. The project took place from September 2018 through September 2021.
The purpose of each case study is to describe each selected program in detail and highlight its key features: where the program operates; whom the program serves; what services the program provides; how the program is organized and funded; whom the program partners with, and what the partners' roles are; how the program assesses its performance; and reflections on the program and a look ahead. (Author abstract)