Peer Connections

Recently Asked Questions

October 5, 2017

A representative from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families would like to know the best practices that states use to monitor their TANF performance contracts. What types of tools do states use to monitor contracts, and do they monitor overall data or conduct detailed reviews of caseloads?

July 19, 2017

A representative from Hawaii has two operational/logistical questions regarding TANF/WIOA:
1. How are other States addressing the requirement for an MOU with the one-stop delivery system that includes an agreement on funding costs of the services and the operating costs of the system(§678.500 (b)(2)? For HI, any agreement that includes a financial commitment requires a contract, and not an MOU.

Innovative Programs

The Peer Technical Assistance Network values peer-to-peer engagement. These innovative programs have been successful in helping Temporary Assistance for Needy Families’ participants achieve self-sufficiency, and may help facilitate the creation of peer-to-peer matches between and among States.

DC Central Kitchen provides 14 weeks of Culinary Arts training to participants that leads to certifications, then helps them find employment in the culinary field so they can be self-sufficient.

Solutions for Change solves family homelessness, one family and one community at a time. We deliver a permanent solution to family homelessness and deep poverty through social enterprise. We prove it, bundle it, and share it with the nation.

Field Connections/Contact Information

These agencies and organizations may be valuable to users of the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network.

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA), within the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996.

Based on input from practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) has been designed as a one-stop portal for self-sufficiency information to connect research to policy and practice. The SSRC, located at, provides high quality, timely research and evaluation on self-sufficiency, and has been designed to enhance collaboration and partnerships between and among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners representing cross-disciplinary areas.