Design, Sites, and Data Sources
The evaluation has three research components:
An impact study: The impact analysis will examine the program’s effects on a wide range of outcomes, including participants’ employment, earnings, family income, benefit receipt, rent burden, and homelessness. The impact study will draw on baseline surveys, HUD data, unemployment insurance wage records (for employment and earnings outcomes), and other administrative data.
An implementation study: This component will describe the implementation of rent reforms from both the housing agency and tenant perspectives. For the housing agencies, this could include staff members’ experiences operating and implementing the new rent policy and their relationships with participants. For tenants, this could include their understanding of and perspectives on the new rent policy, and their relationships with housing staff members.
A cost study: Data from housing agencies and data collected through direct observations, interviews, and other standardized measurements will be used to compute the costs of operating the new rent policy and to determine what cost savings if any the alternative system yields relative to the traditional rent policy.