Examines coordination efforts between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Workforce Investment Act employment programs at state and local levels.

“The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs provide employment and training services to a targeted population of low-income individuals. The similarities between the TANF and WIA programs have generated interest in the coordination and integration of services across the two programs since their inception in the late 1990s. Nonetheless, it remains unclear how and to what degree the programs are coordinating at the state and local level. The Study of TANF/WIA Coordination, initiated in 2011 by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, explored the supports, strategies, and considerations that influence coordination within selected locations across the country” (p.xi).

This study uses interviews “with state and local respondents in 8 states and 11 localities between February 2012 and May 2013. The findings describe 12 strategies for TANF/WIA coordination that are in use in the study sites and that other locations may choose to replicate. The strategies fall under six program components including: (1) administration and management; (2) funding; (3) policies and procedures; (4) program missions and knowledge; (5) services for customers; and (6) accountability and performance measurement” (p.xi).

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