April 29, 2015
BOND Stage-1 Third-year Snapshot Report
We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Third-year Snapshot of Earnings and Benefit Impacts for Stage 1 “BOND Stage-1 Third-year Snapshot Report”. This report provides impact estimates for the third year of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration using 12 months of data. The report also includes appendices that present a detailed summary of the revised methodology used in the report, and revised standard error estimates for 2011 and 2012 impact estimates using the methodology.
February 23, 2015
Early Intervention Disability Demonstration Projects Presentation
David Weaver, the Associate Commissioner for Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support, presented at the “Early Intervention Disability Demonstration Projects: Concepts for Action” conference on February 12th.
February 13, 2015
BOND Process Analysis Report
We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Process Analysis Report. This report provides a foundation for interpreting estimated impacts in BOND by giving a description of each of the BOND sites and assessing the fidelity of the implementation of the experiment. It summarizes the process analysis findings to date, with primary focus on the 2013 calendar year. It is a revised version of the January 2015 report.
February 12, 2015
National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) Starts Phone Interviews
Mathematica Policy Research started phone interviews of DI beneficiaries and SSI recipients on February 18th. If we contacted you and you have questions please see the NBS Participants Page.
February 4, 2015
2015 Red Book (English)
We have posted the 2015 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2015 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.
August 14, 2014
BOND Stage-2 First and Second-Year Snapshot Report
We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: First and Second-Year Snapshot of Earnings and Benefit Impacts for Stage 2. This report provides impact estimates for the first and second year of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration using 20 months of data.
July 18, 2014
Findings from the evaluation of the Ticket to Work (TTW) program
Per a request from the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB), on June 10, 2014 we briefed the SSAB’s Disability Policy Panel on our TTW program evaluation long-term findings. Those findings show that many beneficiaries want to work and take concrete steps toward work or to become employed. We also found that, while many beneficiaries reach significant levels of employment success, most who work do not sustain work at levels that would allow them to permanently leave cash benefits. We showed how this last finding is not surprising given that most beneficiaries are either near retirement age and/or had very low earnings before starting social security benefits. The TTW Findings and Interpretations PowerPoint presentation contains more information.
June 3, 2014
BOND Stage-1 Second-Year Snapshot Report
We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Second-Year Snapshot of Earnings and Benefit Impacts for Stage 1. This report provides impact estimates for the second year of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration using 12 months of data.
March 14, 2014
TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project Results, 2008-2013
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs aim to support people with disabilities and help them become more independent. However, the two programs have differing missions and organization, definitions of disability, operational and financial issues, and work rules and incentives, making it challenging for these programs to work together.
In October 2008, we partnered with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to launch the TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project (TSDTP) to gain a greater understanding about the relationship between the TANF and SSI populations and programs. Working with ACF, several State and local TANF agencies, and the evaluation firm MDRC, we analyzed program data and pilot-tested several program interventions for TANF clients with disabilities. On December 31, 2013, the TSDTP concluded with several final reports detailing data analysis, program coordination, pilot-test observations, and options for a larger demonstration project. You can view final TSDTP research reports at www.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/completed_projects.htm.