Yu-Ling Chang, Professor

Closed (1) Racial Equity in the TANF Service Delivery Path to Family Stability and Self-Sufficiency

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

The California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) is a welfare-to-work (WTW) program that provides cash aid and services to needy families with children in California. In order to receive cash aid, adult enrollees are required to participate in work-related activities. Non-compliance will cause a sanction status with benefit termination or reduction. Prior research has shown that people of color and people having barriers to employment are more likely to receive welfare sanctions and less likely to receive cash aid and services. This research project examines racial equity issues in the CalWORKs service delivery system. Using mixed methods research design, we are collecting state and county-level administrative data to analyze the patterns of welfare exemptions, welfare sanctions, and welfare-to-work activities in the contexts of state reforms of the work-first approach and the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also collecting cross-state administrative and policy data for an extended project on policy responses of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are recruiting 1-2 undergrad students to assist in data processing, data analysis, and literature review/management tasks. This opportunity is ideal for students who are interested in racial equity and welfare-to-work programs.

1. CITI program Human Research Basic Course
2. Data processing: interview transcription, administrative data collection
3. Data analysis: code interview transcription and governmental documents, descriptive statistics, data visualization
4. Literature search and management


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: MinJee Keh

Qualifications: Required qualifications: 1.Familiarity with employment, social equity, and social welfare and service delivery issues. 2.Relevant experience in data processing and analysis. 3.Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Preferred qualifications: 1. Prior experience using MAXQDA, Tableau, or STATA. 2. Excellent Microsoft Excel skills. 3. Knowledge of CalWORKs or welfare-to-work programs.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Due to the current COVID19 situation, students will be primarily working from home in the 2021 Fall semester.