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Welfare Policy Research Project was established by the 1997 state legislation that created California's CalWORKs program. In response to one of our legislative mandates, WPRP is operating a research grants program to support applied welfare policy research sought by state and local officials. The findings from these research efforts are published as Briefs (short policy summaries) and Reports (in-depth research findings) that we have made available on this site.

Cover page of CalWORKs Sanction Policies in Four Counties: Practices, Attitudes, and Knowledge - Policy Brief

CalWORKs Sanction Policies in Four Counties: Practices, Attitudes, and Knowledge - Policy Brief

(2005)

A policy brief providing an executive summary of a process analysis drawn from site visits to four focus counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern and San Diego) that examines how the counties implemented sanctions under CalWORKs, including how the counties conveyed sanction policies to recipients, how well recipients understood sanctions, recipients’ experiences with sanction and compliance processes, and how counties attempted to prevent or “cure” sanctions.

Cover page of CalWORKs Sanction Policies in Four Counties: Practices, Attitudes, and Knowledge - Detailed Research Findings

CalWORKs Sanction Policies in Four Counties: Practices, Attitudes, and Knowledge - Detailed Research Findings

(2005)

Detailed research findings of a process analysis drawn from site visits to four focus counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern and San Diego) that examines how the counties implemented sanctions under CalWORKs, including how the counties conveyed sanction policies to recipients, how well recipients understood sanctions, recipients’ experiences with sanction and compliance processes, and how counties attempted to prevent or “cure” sanctions.

Cover page of CALWORKS Sanction Patterns in Four Counties - A Technical Analysis

CALWORKS Sanction Patterns in Four Counties - A Technical Analysis

(2005)

An analysis of sanctioned and non-sanctioned cases relying on administrative data from four counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern and San Diego). This authors' report examines sanction rates; describes and compares the characteristics of sanctioned and non-sanctioned households; examines how sanctions affected recipients’ employment, earnings, and reliance on welfare; and models the likelihood that households with certain characteristics will be sanctioned within their first year of CalWORKs participation.

Cover page of CalWORKs Sanction Patterns in Four Counties: An Analysis of Administrative Data - Briefing Paper

CalWORKs Sanction Patterns in Four Counties: An Analysis of Administrative Data - Briefing Paper

(2005)

The executive summary of an analysis of sanctioned and non-sanctioned cases that relies on administrative data from four counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern and San Diego). It examines sanction rates; describes and compares the characteristics of sanctioned and non-sanctioned households; examines how sanctions affected recipients’ employment, earnings, and reliance on welfare; and models the likelihood that households with certain characteristics will be sanctioned within their first year of CalWORKs participation.