& ECONOMIC RIGHTS
- advocacy - u.s.
government - california
symbol represents a site we find particularly useful.
Research Center http://www.arc.org
Reports on racial discrimination and privatization of social
services under welfare reform (http://www.arc.org/rapp/pubs.html).
Alternative policies to ensure racial equity and fair treatment
for welfare recipients (http://www.arc.org/rapp/policies.html).
Searchable. ARC is a public policy, educational and research
institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social
Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) http://www.cepr.net
CEPR conducts both professional research and public education. The research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates.
for Law and Social Policy http://www.clasp.org
CLASP publishes reports and policy analysis on welfare policy,
child care, child support, marriage promotion, job opportunities
for low wage workers, and other issues. Searchable. CLASP,
a national non-profit organization, conducts research, policy
analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related
to economic security for low-income people.
on Budget and Policy Priorities http://www.cbpp.org
Legislative and economic analysis of welfare policies, see
Welfare Reform/TANF section (http://www.cbpp.org/pubs/welfare.htm)
under areas of research. Includes links to online information
about TANF, food stamps, child care, Medicaid and SCHIP
in each state (http://www.cbpp.org/1-14-04tanf.htm).
Also reports on poverty income data, health, food assistance,
low income housing, earned income credit, low income immigrants.
Searchable. CBPP is a nonpartisan research organization
and policy institute that conducts research and analysis
on a range of government policies and programs, with an
emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
Policy Institute http://www.epinet.org
Good site for data and analysis on US economic policy, including
jobs and labor market. For welfare publications, see Welfare
Issue Guide, http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/issueguide_welfare.
Check out Living Standards and Labor Markets section for
statistics and analysis on income inequality, wages, unemployment,
poverty, welfare. Searchable. The Economic Policy Institute
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden
the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous
and fair economy.
for Womens Policy Research http://www.iwpr.org
Fact sheets, reports and policy analysis on marriage promotion,
job training and education, child care, impact of welfare
reform on women and children in poverty - under Publications
section, check PDF Reports on Poverty, Welfare & Income
Security. IWPR is an independent, non-profit, scientific
research organization established to rectify the limited
availability of policy relevant research on women's lives
and to inform and stimulate debate on issues of critical
importance for women.
State Health Data http://www.statehealthfacts.org
Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 500 health topics.
Information Network http://www.financeprojectinfo.org/win/
A clearinghouse for information and analysis on an extensive
array of welfare issues - such as TANF reauthorization,
work experience programs, education, child care, criminal
records, domestic violence, education and training, family
formation, time limits, rural, tribal, food stamps, homelessness,
health care, immigrants, youth. Political spectrum liberal
to conservative. Searchable. A project of the Finance Project.
Monitoring Listserv (WELFAREM-L@HERMES.GWU.EDU)
This electronic mail list is a forum for scholars, advocates,
organizers and other interested individuals to share research,
advocacy strategies, and questions on welfare and welfare
reform in individual states and at the national level. List
subscribers are very helpful in referring each other to
relevant research. Sign up to receive email list, or search
the archives. Listserv founded and administered by Institute
for Women's Policy Research; hosted at George Washington
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Children's Defense Fund http://www.childrensdefense.org
Publications and reports on jobs and income support/welfare,
child poverty, child support, housing - see Family Income
Searchable. CDF is a national organization advocating for
children on health, education and economic issues, in partnership
with the religious community.
Formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Especially
good resource for data on welfare related to marriage promotion,
employment discrimination and civil rights, domestic violence,
reproductive rights, and child exclusion. Includes state
level information. Legislative updates and summary of court
cases addressing economic justice for women included. Searchable.
Legal Momentum is a national legal advocate for expanding
the rights and opportunities of women and girls, focusing
on economic justice, freedom from gender-based violence
and equality under the law.
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Economic Research Service Profile of America http://maps.ers.usda.gov/Profiles/
The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and conduct research, analyze food and commodity markets, produce policy studies, and develop economic and statistical indicators. Profiles of America currently contains about 100 variables related to the socioeconomic status of the population and settlement patterns within the United States from 1990 to 2003. All data are derived from four main sources: the Economic Research Service (ERS), the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Have searchable interface.
Integrated Public Use Microdata Series — International
IPUMS-International is a project dedicated to collecting and distributing census data from around the world. Its goals are to collect and preserve data and documentation, harmonize data, and disseminate the data absolutely free! IPUMS-International is the world's largest collection of publicly available individual-level census data. The data are samples from population censuses from around the world taken since 1960. Names and other identifying information have been removed. The variables have been given consistent codes and have been documented to enable cross-national and cross-temporal comparison.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates statistical data such as Consumer Price Index, Unemployment data, data on Industries, earnings, inflation, etc. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. List of State labor agencies can be found here: http://www.bls.gov/bls/ofolist.htm. List of additional government data sites can be found here: http://www.bls.gov/bls/other.htm
Census data on the characteristics of people and economic
conditions in the United States. Through the American Factfinder http://factfinder.census.gov/, obtain data in the form of maps, tables, and reports from a variety of Census Bureau sources. They also have fact sheets for quick access to basic demographic, social and economic data on your city, town, county or state or ZIP Code. For a complete list of available data, see http://factfinder.census.gov/jsp/saff/SAFFInfo.jsp?_submenuId=aboutdata_0&_pageId=censuses_surveys
US Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Family Assistance (http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ofa/
) oversees TANF. Welfare reform section (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/welfare/index.htm)
has statistics, regulations, legislative proposals - including
TANF participation rates and Annual Reports to Congress.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
publishes research on the effectiveness of welfare and related
policies - see Human Services Policy section for data and
reports on income and poverty, family formation, TANF leavers,
and "special populations" (race, ethnicity, immigration,
domestic violence, homeless, mental health), welfare and
work, children and youth. Check "What's New" for
most recent reports. Searchable.
General Accounting Office http://www.gao.gov
Formerly known as General Accounting Office, GAO investigates
federal programs for Congress and is known as the congressional
watchdog. Go to GAO Reports section. You can search for
welfare related reports by key word or report number. Be
as specific as possible in your search - GAO publishes lots
Budget Project http://www.cbp.org
Excellent source for data and analysis of low and no-wage
workers' issues in California: welfare, work and wages,
health, child care, housing, education. Monitors and analyses
the impact of California policies and budget. Welfare reform
section looks at CalWORKS statistics, work requirements,
budget and reauthorization. Readable - you don't need an
economics degree to understand it. Good resource for statistical
charts and graphs. The California Budget Project (CBP) is
a nonprofit nonpartisan organization working to improve
public policies affecting the economic and social well-being
of low- and middle-income Californians through independent
fiscal and policy analysis and public education.
Department of Social Services - Research & Development
Good place to find statistics about participants in CalWORKS,
children's programs, community care licensing, disability
and adult programs, food stamps, foster care, welfare to
work, refugee services, fraud. Some data by county, some
data broken out by race. Searchable.
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