Getting Started

Navigate to the pages below to learn more about using the Welfare Rules Database.

User's Guide

Outlines the recommended steps for using the database.

Policy Categories

Catalogues each of the 30 policy areas captured in the database, organized from the perspective of a family applying for benefits.

Data Dictionary

Provides category and variable descriptions for every item in the database.


Coding Manual

Answers many questions about the design and content of the database.

Sources and Verification

Describes the source documents from which the project staff codes the database variables.


Answers the most commonly asked questions about the database.

Video Tutorials

Provides visual guidance on using the database.