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California Work Pays Demonstration Project
The California Work Pays Demonstration Project (CWPDP) was a collaborative effort of the California Department of Social Services Research Branch (CDSS-RB)and UC DATA.

The goal of the project was to document the dynamics of family poverty and welfare use in California. The CWPDP collected and integrated data on the individual, household, welfare and employment characteristics of AFDC recipients and households, during and after their participation in the welfare system, from four separate sources:

1) State-level administrative records for AFDC, Medi-Cal, Unemployment Insurance, other state and federal assistance programs, and employment tax files.
2) County-level administrative records for AFDC and Food Stamps programs.
3) Non automated client records at county welfare offices.
4) Telephone interviews with AFDC recipients.

By combining these various datasets, it is possible for researchers with an interest in welfare, poverty, employment and family research to obtain unusually detailed information about the characteristics and economic behaviors of low-income families and children in California. Researchers are able to examine family outcomes, such as income and family stability, and their relation to household characteristics and involvement in state and federal assistance programs. Transfer payment and earnings data are available for researchers interested in cost comparison and cost benefit analyses of social programs.

Data Files
Introduction to our Public Use Data: The logical place to begin learning more about these data.
Flowchart Graphic: A flow chart giving a general overview of the project components.

Project Publications

California Welfare Recipients and Spells on Aid - Survival Analysis Using Data from the California Work Pays Demonstration Project
Levels of Public Assistance in Los Angeles County: Differentials by Immigration Status
Predicting Hunger and Overcrowding: How Much Difference Does Income Make?
Has the Decrease in the AFDC Benefit Reduction Rate Increased Work Effort? An Analysis of the California Work-Pays Demonstration Project for 12/92 - 6/94
Work and Car Ownership Among Welfare Recipients
Defining Welfare Spells: Coping with Problems of Survey Responses and Administrative Data
Institutional Paradoxes: Why Welfare Workers Can't Reform Welfare
Subsidized Housing and Work Among Welfare Recipients
Characteristics, Welfare Use and Material Hardship Among California AFDC Households with Disabled and Chronically Ill Family Members
More Information and Better Choices: What Low Income Women Seek from Family Planning Services
Training Workers for Welfare Reform: An Agenda for Social Work
The Impact of Child and Adult Disabilities on the Duration of Welfare Spells
Tracking the Impact of SSI Program Changes: The Impact of the Zebley Decision on Transition into SSI
Child Care Subsidies and the Employment of Welfare Recipients
Conveying the Benefits of Employment: A Comparison of the Organizational Settings of California's AFDC and GAIN Programs
Assistance Payments Demonstration Project, Process Evaluation Welfare Reform in California: Planning (Dec 1991 - Nov 1992), Phase I (Dec 1992 - Sept 1993)
California Work Pays Demonstration Project, Process Evaluation Welfare Reform in California: Phase II
California Work Pays Demonstration Project, Process Evaluation Phase III: 1995
Establishing Causality in Welfare Research: Theory and Application Interim Report of the California Welfare Reform Impact Study
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