Research-To-Practice Brief

Improving TANF Programs by Focusing on Partnerships, Family, Staff and Community Engagement, and Performance Outcomes

This issue brief describes three specific program improvement strategies employed by six state, county and tribal TANF programs. The three strategies drove changes that resulted in tangible TANF program improvements across all six programs. The improvement strategies are:

1) Revisit and reimagine your working relationships with your community partners to improve collaboration and coordination;
2) actively listen to and learn from your TANF families, community members, and program staff; and
3) reorient or adapt outcome structures and monitoring elements to strengthen TANF program performance-based accountability.

The programs featured in this resource were among a group of 10 TANF programs that participated in the Office of Family Assistance’s initiative “Leveraging America’s Social and Economic Resilience TANF Learning Community” {LASER TLC).

OFA Initiatives
Leveraging America’s Social and Economic Resilience TANF Learning Community (LASER TLC)
Supportive Services
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TANF Program Administration
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