Countywide Evaluation of the Long-Term Family Self-Sufficiency Plan: Countywide Evaluation Report

By Elaine Reardon; Robert F. Schoeni et al. | Go to book overview

PREFACE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (the Board) adopted the Long-Term Family Self-Sufficiency (L TFSS) Plan on November 16, 1999. The L TFSS Plan consists of 46 projects with a unifying goal to promote selfsufficiency among families that are participating in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CaIWORKs) program, former CalWORKs families, and other low-income families. The Chief Administrative Office (CAO) is the lead agency responsible for implementing the evaluation of the L TFSS Plan. On December 5,2000, the Board approved the implementation plan for the evaluation of the L TFSS Plan Project #46. Following an open and competitive bidding process, the Board awarded RAND a contract to conduct a Countywide Evaluation of the L TFSS Plan, and a subcontract was awarded to Walter R. McDonald and Associates (WRMA) to work jointly with RAND on the Evaluation.

The contract stipulated that one of the deliverables would be an annual Countywide Evaluation Report. This document constitutes the first of three such reports based on work performed through January 2002.

For more information about RAND's evaluation of the L TFSS Plan, contact: Elaine Reardon Project Director Associate Economist RAND 1700 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90407

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Figures xi
  • Executive Summary xiii
  • Acknowledgments xxv
  • Acronyms xxvii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - What's at Stake 5
  • 3 - Result and Outcomes 11
  • 4 - Baseline Data and the Story Behind the Baselines 15
  • 5 - The Projects and Their Partners 39
  • 6 - Assessment of the Ltfss Plan Framework 55
  • 7 - Assessment of the Evaluation Framework 91
  • 8 - Quality Improvement Steps 105
  • Appendix A - Data Sources 109
  • References 139
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