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The dissemination and utilization of welfare-to-work experiments in state policymaking

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  • David Greenberg

    (Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.)

  • Marvin Mandell

    (Professor of Policy Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.)

  • Matthew Onstott

    (University of Maryland, Baltimore County.)

Abstract This paper reports the results of a telephone survey of state-level officials as to the influence of evaluations of three state welfare innovations: California's GAIN, New York's CAP, and Florida's Project Independence. The three experiments were known to those interviewed, yet they did not have dramatic, decisive effects on policymaking. However, GAIN and CAP appear to have influenced policymaking in less dramatic and more subtle respects. Much more important than empirical findings about the effects of tested programs was information about how these programs actually operated in the field along with evidence that the policies tested in welfare-to-work experiments were logically consistent (that is, there was no obvious reason to think that they would be unsuccessful), could clear federal waivers, and would not encounter major political resistance. © 2000 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Volume (Year): 19 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 367-382

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:19:y:2000:i:3:p:367-382
DOI: 10.1002/1520-6688(200022)19:3<367::AID-PAM1>3.0.CO;2-A
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  1. David H. Greenberg & Marvin B. Mandell, 1991. "Research utilization in policymaking: A tale of two series (of social experiments)," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(4), pages 633-656.
  2. Erica B. Baum, 1991. "When the witch doctors agree: The family support act and social science research," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(4), pages 603-615.
  3. Ron Haskins, 1991. "Congress writes a law: Research and welfare reform," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(4), pages 616-632.
  4. David Greenberg & Robert H. Meyer & Michael Wiseman, 1994. "Multisite Employment and Training Program Evaluations: A Tale of Three Studies," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 47(4), pages 679-691, July.
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