March 2012, Vol. 13, No. 2

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News From the Children's Bureau

TANF Evaluation Reports Released

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released two reports centered on evaluations of programs utilizing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. One report highlights the ongoing evaluation of the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOGs), and the other presents findings from the first phase of the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration (STED) project.

The HPOG program is funded by the Affordable Care Act and administered by ACF's Office of Family Assistance. The program funded 32 5-year health workforce training programs to increase the number of health professionals in underserved areas. The program specifically targets TANF recipients. Five of the 32 demonstration projects were awarded to Tribal organizations that will integrate culturally informed practice models. Four of the five sites are Tribal community colleges, and the fifth is the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a human and social services organization in Alaska.

The first in a series of practice briefs describes the Tribal HPOG grantee organizations and target populations and provides a synopsis of the Federal evaluation.

An Introduction to the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) and Evaluation is available on the ACF website:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/ethpog/index.html

STED is sponsored by ACF and will conduct several program evaluations in the coming years. This report focuses on findings from a study examining how States and municipalities accessed TANF Emergency Funds to subsidize employment programs in 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The first phase of STED was the largest subsidized employment initiative since the 1970s and, when the fund expired on September 30, 2010, more than 250,000 people had been placed in subsidized jobs.

The evaluation of the first phase was conducted via telephone interviews with 48 States, Tribes, and territories; eight sight visits; and other documentation provided by States. The report evaluates the swift implementation and variety of subsidized employment programs but does not evaluate their effectiveness.

Subsidizing Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Families: A Review of State Employment Programs Created Through the TANF Emergency Fund can be found at:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/stedep/index.html


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