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Table 2. Overview of Private Foundation-Sponsored Population Surveys

Survey Name Sponsor Years* Description Areas Represented
Community Tracking Study-Household Survey (CTS)

Center for Studying Health Systems Change

Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

1996-7; 1998-9; 2000-1
  • Conducted in approximately 2-year intervals
  • About 60,000 individuals in 33,000 families across 60 communities, including 12 randomly selected case study sites (300 interviews in each): Boston; Cleveland; Greenville, SC; Indianapolis; Lansing, MI; Little Rock; Miami; Northern NJ; Orange County, CA; Phoenix; Seattle; and Syracuse, NY.
  • Represents U.S. non-institutionalized civilian population, and includes supplemental samples of families with high health needs
U.S. and 12 metro areas
National Survey of America's Families (NSAF)

Urban Institute (Assessing the New Federalism Initiative)

Supported by a consortium of private funders.

1997, 1999, 2001
  • Household telephone surveys
  • 109,000 individuals in more than 42,000 households
  • Includes a national sample and samples in 13 States (AL, CA, CO, FL, MA, MI, MN, MS, NJ, NY, TX, WA, WI)
  • Represents U.S. non-institutionalized civilian population, and includes supplemental samples of households below twice the Federal poverty level
U.S.; 13 individual States; and by special arrangement, some multi-county areas

* Since 1990.

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