State TANF Policies: Welfare Rules Database Expansion, 2013-2017

Project Overview

For several years, ACF has provided resources to facilitate updating and expanding the State TANF Policies Database. The Urban Institute began developing the database in early 1997, as part of the Assessing New Federalism project. The database was conceived as a single location where information on program rules could be researched across States and/or across years, without the need to consult multiple documents, and it was intended to provide a resource for researchers working on both descriptive and quantitative projects. As of the end of 1999, the Urban Institute had released information on eligibility and benefits rules for 1996 through 1999. ACF has funded updates to the database, as well as publication of tables summarizing State TANF policies for each year since then.

Project activities and outcomes include: (1) compile information on State cash assistance policies from State manuals and enter it into the database; (2) verify the database information with State welfare agencies; (3) make the database publicly available on the Internet, and make improvements to the Internet interface as appropriate; (4) prepare an annual book summarizing the information on State cash assistance policies; and (5) prepare special tables to support HHS priorities and initiatives.

The point of contact is Girley Wright.

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2015

    Published: October 24, 2016

    This annual publication, using information from the Welfare Rules Database, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families policies for each state as of July 2015, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2015...

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2014

    Published: September 18, 2015

    This annual publication, using information from the Welfare Rules Database, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families policies for each state as of July 2014, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2014...

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2013

    Published: September 16, 2014

    The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2013, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2013. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database (WRD); a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2012

    Published: December 4, 2013

    The Welfare Rules Databook provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies for each state as of July 2012, as well as longitudinal tables describing various state policies for selected years between 1996 and 2012. The tables are based on the information in the Welfare Rules Database; a publicly available, online database originally developed under the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project.

    The Databook is divided into five groups...

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2011

    Published: January 9, 2013

    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy Families...

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2010

    Published: August 15, 2011

    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy…

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2009

    Published: August 15, 2010

    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy…

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2008

    Published: August 15, 2009

    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy…

  • Welfare Rules Databook: State TANF Policies as of July 2007

    Published: August 15, 2008

    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy…

  • The Welfare Rules Databook: State Policies as of July 2006

    Published: September 15, 2007

    This publication, The Welfare Rules Databook, provides tables containing key Temporary Assistance for Needy…

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