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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Devolution and Urban Change
Award Year: 2002
Amount of award, fiscal 1999: $300,000.00 fiscal 2000: $250,000.00 fiscal 2001: $250,000.00 fiscal 2002: $245,092.00
Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation
Principal Investigator: Barbara Goldman
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: The Devolution and Urban Change project, initiated in 1997 with major funding from a consortium of national and regional foundations, including Ford, Charles Stewart Mott, Kellog, and Pew, was designed to understand how devolution and the Temporary Assistance to Needed Families (TANF) block grants play out in four large metropolitan areas: Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia. The project uses a multidisciplinary approach and is collecting data from a wide variety of sources. Administrative data for all families receiving AFDC/TANF or food stamps dating back to 1992 is being combined with household and survey data, neighborhood indicators, ethnographic interviews, and observational and interview data from welfare offices, service providers and community businesses.

The fiscal 2003 work is funded through a cooperative research agreement between Manpower Development Research Corporation (MDRC) and ERS. Previous fiscal years were funded through agreements with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An initial round of welfare office implementation, ethnographic and household survey data has been collected.

Six reports from this study have been released. The Economic Research Service provided $300,000 in fiscal 1999, $250,000 in fiscal 2000, $250,000 in fiscal 2001, and $245,092 in fiscal 2002 in support of the project through a collaborative effort with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The expected completion date is September 2003.

Topic: Poverty, Welfare Reform
Output:
Brock, T., C. Coulton, A. London, D. Polit, L. Richburg-Hayes, E. Scott, N. Verma, with I. Kwakye, V. Martin, J. Polyne, and D. Seith. Welfare Reform in Cleveland: Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), September 2002.
Brock, T., I. Kwakye, J. Polyné, L. Richburg-Hayes, D. Seith, A. Stepick, and C. Stepick. Welfare Reform in Miami: Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods, Manpower Demonstration Corporation (MDRC), June 2004.
Brock, T., L. Nelson, and M. Reiter. Readying Welfare Recipients for Work: Lessons from Four Big Cities as They Implement Welfare Reform, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), March 2002.
Fink, B., and R. Widom. Social Service Organizations and Welfare Reform, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), February 2001.
Michalopoulos, C., K. Edin, B. Fink, M. Landriscina, D. Polit, J. Polyne, L. Richburg-Hayes, D. Seith, and N. Verma. Welfare Reform in Philadelphia: Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), October 2003.
Polit, D., A. London, and J. Martinez. Food Security and Hunger in Poor, Mother-Headed Families in Four U.S. Cities, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), May 2000.
Polit, D., A. London, and J. Martinez. The Health of Poor Urban Women: Findings from the Project on Devolution and Urban Change, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), May 2001.
Polit, D., L. Nelson, L. Richburg-Hayes, and D. Seith. Welfare Reform in Los Angeles: Implementation, Effects, and Experiences of Poor Families and Neighborhoods, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), August 2005.
Polit, D., R. Widom, K. Edin, S. Bowie, A. London, E. Scott, and A. Valenzuela. Is Work Enough? The Experiences of Current and Former Welfare Mothers Who Work, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), November 2001.
Quint, J., K. Edin, M. Buck, B. Fink, Y. Padilla, O. Simmons-Hewitt, and M. Valmont. Big Cities and Welfare Reform: Early Implementation and Ethnographic Findings from the Project on Devolution and Urban Change, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), April 1999.
Quint, J., R. Widom, with L. Moore. Post-TANF Food Stamp and Medicaid Benefits: Factors That Aid or Impede Their Receipt, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), January 2001.
Richburg-Hayes, R., and I. Kwakye. Food Stamp Caseload Dynamics: A Study in Four Big Cities, A Technical Report, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), December 2005.

Last updated: Monday, August 18, 2014

For more information contact: Victor Oliveira