Getting Started

Resources for Using the Welfare Rules Database

The documents presented here are meant to serve as a collection of resources for every aspect of querying the database and how it is constructed and coded.



User's Guide

Outlines the recommended steps to best use the database.


Data 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. This is the same manual project staff use to code the database.


Sources and Verification

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