Results from the First California Health and Social Services Survey

Results from the First California Health and Social Services Survey

Results from the First California Health and Social Services Survey

Results from the First California Health and Social Services Survey

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To meet the requirement for a legislatively mandated independent evaluation of the State's California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) awarded a contract to RAND to analyze the implementation of CalWORKs and to assess the program's effect on welfare recipients' transition to work and self-sufficiency. Results from this ongoing evaluation can be found at www.rand.com.

As part of the evaluation focusing on assessing the program's effect on welfare recipients, RAND fielded a household survey—the California Health and Social Services Survey (CHSSS) —in the six focus counties identified in the original Request for Proposals: Alameda, Butte, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego. This document reports the results from the first wave of the two-wave survey that RAND fielded in 2000 and 2001. Because the survey includes only six counties, the results do not represent outcomes for the State as a whole; however, the six counties surveyed accounted for 58 percent of the State's welfare families in January 2000.

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