Data Connects TANF Clients with Work

Christina Pena
April 4, 2016

The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has produced a report that explains how agencies can use labor market information (LMI) to help clients on public assistance obtain employment.

The report, "Using Data to Connect TANF Clients to Good Jobs: An Opportunity to Foster WIOA Partnerships," provides a roadmap for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) practitioners to use LMI. It includes an introduction to LMI and an explanation of how TANF agency staff can build relationships with labor agencies.  It also describes the services and tools informed by LMI, which can be used to advise TANF clients.

TANF agencies can take on the role of using LMI for their clients, or instead, work with state economic or labor agencies to develop this information with their clients in mind. For example, Florida's Department of Economic Development offers customized, in-person training for external personnel on how to use LMI. In another example, Oregon's Employment Department has developed a tool that can help match TANF clients to local jobs that require skills they already have or can develop quickly.  

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires labor agencies to use LMI, and work together to serve TANF recipients. 

WDQC lauds efforts like this report that show how agencies can share information and collaborate for better workforce outcomes.

Read CLASP's blog for information about a companion report on using multiple types of workforce data and other strategies for helping TANF recipients move into family-sustaining jobs.