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Moving Cash Assistance Recipients to Work

Karin Martinson, Eleanor Harvill, and Deena Schwartz

Report

November 6, 2020

Abt conducted the Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation with Mathematica in three sites: Genesee and Wayne Counties in Michigan; New York City; and Sacramento County in California. The evaluation used an experimental design, with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families applicants or recipients randomly assigned to one of two programs providing employment-related services. The evaluation found no detectable effects on employment, earnings, or receipt of public benefits during the six-month follow-up period.  The report discusses implications for policymakers and program administrators.