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Presents the an overview of the results from the first wave of the California Health and Social Services Survey, fielded by RAND in 2000-2001 as part of its impact analysis of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program to gather information not readily available in other data sources. The survey collected data from 2,905 current and former CalWORKs recipients in Alameda, Butte, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego Counties. This report discusses interviewees’ knowledge of CalWORKs rules; their attitudes toward the program; the work, training, or educational activities they engage in (if any); and their outcomes while on aid, such as earnings, income, poverty, hunger, and housing; and family and child outcomes, including household characteristics, child care, health, and substance abuse among survey respondents.

The research described in this report was conducted by RAND Labor and Population for the California Department of Social Services.

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