Administrative Data Helps Identify Benefits of Supportive Housing

This report describes the housing status of 17,471 King County households that received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in State Fiscal Year 2011 to gain a better understanding of how their housing status relates to receipt of social services and indicators of well-being. Five housing status categories were identified using administrative data: three groups…

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New TANF Data Measures Bolster a More Concrete Evaluation of Education Risk Factors

Washington State’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides financial assistance to low-income families and supports employment and economic self-sufficiency among parents. The state’s TANF program, WorkFirst, underwent a redesign in 2010 to focus on the needs of the whole family. Part of this redesign included a cross-agency workgroup overhauling the program’s performance measures…

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Administrative Data Documents Challenges of High-Needs Students

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the Research and Data Analysis Division, recently released “School Works,” a study utilizing administrative data from multiple sources to measure the effects of frequent school mobility. It primarily takes data from INVEST, a cross-agency limited dataset containing data from the DSHS Integrated…

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Housing Instability and Homelessness Endangers Emancipated Foster Youth

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), together with the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has released a report titled “The Housing Status and Well-Being of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State.” This study recounts the housing outcomes of 1,116 youth that graduated from the foster care system…

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