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National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies: 2-Year Client Survey File

      DESCRIPTION OF FILES ON NEWWS TWO-YEAR CLIENT-SURVEY PUBLIC USE FILE                                    CD #2    The Two-Year Client Survey File and documentation include:  NOTE: All files are in ASCII.  S2PCOVER.TXT  provides an introduction to the data and documentation and offers suggestions on how to use the files.   NPBCOVER.TXT  provides a general introduction to the data and documentation of the NEWWS Evaluation Public Use Files (6-CD set) and offers suggestions on how to use the files.   N2PS1717.TXT  This is the ASCII data file with responses to sections of the survey administered to all respondents (N=9,675).  It includes questions on child care for employment and a limited number of child outcomes.  (More detailed information on these subjects can be found in the Child Outcomes Study Survey file.)  The file also contains outcome measures created from survey responses and information on administration of the survey: interview date, mode  (phone/in-person), and length. Each sample member has 18 records of data.  The file is sorted by each sample member's randomly generated IDNUMBER and record number.  IMPORTANT !!!:  1) Survey responses must be weighted to make the findings generalizable to the Full Impact Sample.  The variable that weights the responses is called FIELDWGT and is included on the file.  SEE N2PSSAMP.TXT and N2PS_IMP.TXT for details.  2) Respondents' background characteristics and administrative records data are stored on the Five-Year Full Sample Impact file. (CD #1)  Read N5PI1809.TXT, select SRV2RESP=1 (2-Year Survey respondent), and merge by IDNUMBER to add these records to the survey file.     N2PS_CBK.TXT  This file contains the data codebook, a comprehensive description of N2PS1717.TXT. For each variable on the data file the codebook provides the following information:  The name of the variable and its starting and ending columns on the ASCII file, the variable's SAS informat (5.0 is the default), the variable label,  a brief description of the variable and any issues with the variable. (Note: The data are stored in ASCII, so informats can be changed to conform to any statistical or econometric software package.) The codebook also displays the N, NMISS, MEAN, Standard Deviation, Minimum, and Maximum for each variable.  For variables with 51 values or less,  a frequency distribution is listed.  The frequencies show the value labels. These may be copied and, if necessary, modified to be read into SAS or any other statistical or econometric software package.     N2PSIPUT.TXT  This file contains the body of a SAS input statement (variable name,  starting column, length, informat)  which will read N2PS1717.TXT.    To run this input statement in SAS you must add the word INPUT to the  top line and a semicolon to the bottom line.  This statement can be  modified to input the data into any statistical or econometric  software package.   N2PSMEAN.TXT  SAS PROC MEANS output contains the following information for all variables:  N,Nmiss, Mean, Std Dev, Minimum, Maximum   N2PSLABL.TXT  SAS variable label statements for each variable of the data file. Labels can be modified to conform to syntax rules of any statistical or econometric software package.     SAMTBL1.TXT:   Displays sample sizes for full impact sample, 2-year                    Client Survey respondents, 2-year Child Outcomes                    Study survey respondents, Private Opinion Survey                    respondents, and sample members who completed                    literacy and math tests at baseline.  The table also                    shows random assignment dates.     CCARTBL1.TXT   These annotated tables display key outcomes of use and cost   CCARTBL2.TXT   of child care for employment.   CCARTBL3.TXT   CCARTBL4.TXT   CCARTBL5.TXT   CCARTBL6.TXT    CHLDTBL1.TXT   This annotated table displays child outcomes.    DEGRTBL1.TXT   This annotated table displays key outcomes of degree receipt.    HCOMTBL1.TXT   This annotated table displays key outcomes of household                    composition.    NCSHTBL1.TXT   These annotated tables display key outcomes of medical   NCSHTBL2.TXT   coverage and non-cash benefits.   NCSHTBL3.TXT   NCSHTBL4.TXT   NCSHTBL5.TXT    PARTTBL1.TXT   These annotated tables display key outcomes of participation   PARTTBL2.TXT   in employment-related services, attitudes toward work and   PARTTBL3.TXT   welfare, and sanctions.    SEMPTBL1.TXT   These annotated tables display key outcomes of employment.   SEMPTBL2.TXT   SEMPTBL3.TXT   SEMPTLB4.TXT    SINCTBL1.TXT   These annotated tables display key outcomes of respondent   SINCTBL2.TXT   and household income.   SINCTBL3.TXT   MEMOS     N2PSSAMP.TXT:  Background information on sample selection,                    response rates, and weighting    N2PSVARS.TXT:  Background information on how outcome measures were                    created from survey data.    N2PS_IMP.TXT:  Background information on estimating program impacts                    with survey data.