- Steven T. Cook and Emma Caspar
- December 2006
- Link to csde3-T-A (PDF)
Part 1: A Comparison of Outcomes across Cohorts
In this, the first section in the last of four annual reports of the CSDE, researchers present six years’ of follow-up information for two randomly assigned cohorts, and two to five years’ of follow-up information for two later-entering, full-pass-through and disregard cohorts. This report corroborates earlier findings showing positive effects of the full pass-through and disregard policy on paternity establishment among later entrants, higher likelihood of child support payment in the early years of the program, and lower levels of W-2 use in the first year of the evaluation. The use of other programs, such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, and child care subsidies, and parents’ earnings and employment were not significantly different.
Part 2: Outcomes among Caretaker Supplement Cases
In this, the second section in the last of four annual reports of the CSDE, researchers examine outcomes for participants in Wisconsin’s Caretaker Supplement program (CTS), which provides assistance for parents receiving Supplement Security Income Benefits, and compare those outcomes to those for W-2 participants. The report indicates that CTS participants continued to receive CTS payments much longer than W-2 participants received W-2 payments. In line with the requirements of the CTS program, the employment, earnings, and child care subsidy participation among this clientele is substantially lower than for W-2 participants. W-2 cases had a higher likelihood of child support payment and higher amounts paid, probably due to the higher earnings of the noncustodial fathers of W-2 children.