May 23, 2005

Welfare Reform

The Pew Forum has assembled a variety of resources on welfare reform, including reports, event transcripts and polling data.

Pew Forum and Pew Research Center Resources | Advocacy Groups | Other Resources

Pew Forum and Pew Research Center Resources

Event Transcript: “With Ben Franklin’s Blessings: A Primer on “Faith-Based Initiatives”
At a 2005 conference sponsored by the Pew Forum, John DiIulio, professor of politics, religion and civil society at the University of Pennsylvania, and William Raspberry, columnist for the Washington Post, discussed the role of faith-based initiatives in welfare-to-work programs.

Event Transcript: “Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, and Welfare Reform”
Publication: “Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, and Welfare Reform”
The Pew Forum and the Brookings Institution held an event in 2003 to discuss the moral implications of welfare reform to coincide with the release of Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, and Welfare Reform.

Poll Report: “Americans Struggle with Religion’s Role at Home and Abroad”
A 2002 survey by the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum showed that a plurality of Americans believed that the 1996 welfare legislation changed things for the better.

Event Transcript: “The Compassion Component: Welfare Reform and the Tradition of Social Justice”
The Pew Forum held a conversation about the moral and ethical components of welfare reform and the government’s obligation to help those in need.

Report: Charity Tax Credits: Federal Policy and Three Leading States
Event Transcript: Charity Tax Credits: Federal Policy and Three Leading States
A Pew Forum report analyzed charity tax credits by examining the affects of credits on recipient organizations and on the poor. The Forum also held an accompanying panel discussion which focused on charity tax credits and charitable choice.

Advocacy and Religious Groups

The Brookings Institution
Call to Renewal
Catholic Charities USA
The Heritage Foundation: “Welfare Reform at 10″
National Center for Children in Poverty
National Council of Churches
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Urban Institute: “Welfare Reform 10 Years Later”

Other Resources

Amber Waves: Rural Welfare Reform
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996

Fact Sheet from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Center for Law and Social Policy
The Roundtable on Religion & Social Policy
Religionlink.org: “Welfare Reform at 10″
Welfare Reform Academy (Univ. of Md.)
The White House: Welfare Reform