Welfare Dimensions Summary Scores - WDSS
Stuff you should read

The Population Research Institute (PRI) is currently evaluating the SODAPOP service. The ability to extract a data set containing a subset of variables will not be supported after September 15, 2016.

The data collections in SODAPOP will still be available from the PRI. If you should have concerns about this change to the SODAPOP service or need to access some of the data, contact the PRI's Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) core at

Data set
 To extract variables into a custom SAS file,
comma delimited or tab delimited file:
Click on the data set name
 1996-2003 wdss (long file, state by year)

wdss_wide (wide file by state)

 WDSS Documentation (PDF)
 1996-1999 May be requested from the project investigators
 Measuring State Welfare Policy Variations and Change paper (PDF)

Table: Rules Regarding Eligibility: Item Factor Loadings and Scale Reliability for Welfare Reform Policy Constructs (PDF)

Table: Descriptive Statistics for Welfare Dimensions Summary Scores (WDSS) Data in 1999 (PDF)