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Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Release date: October 22, 1998
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director


Michael Rich, associate professor of political science at Emory University, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct research on the welfare-to-work programs in six to eight sites, including Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles metropolitan areas and selected non-metropolitan sites in Georgia and California.

The research will result in a report and book describing everything from the geographical distribution of welfare recipients, to their job opportunities and availability of support services such as child care and employment and training centers. The research will focus especially on availability and access to services, and will include detailed discussion and analysis of the institutional context within which these programs are operating. Rich also will give special attention to the role that nonprofit and community-based organizations are playing, and his report will include a list of methods used so that others may replicate the research, policy planning and evaluation in their communities.

"Rigorous policy analysis and research is needed to thoroughly document the complexity of the welfare-to-work challenge so that effective and efficient programs can be designed," says Rich of the project. "If we can produce a study that gives a true picture of what works in the welfare-to-work challenge, we can ensure that the policies being adopted are responsive to the people these programs are designed to help."

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