Performance Improvement 2009. Do Alternative Education Strategies Increase Employment Retention and Advancement?


This study examined two approaches to providing education and training services to employed welfare recipients in Riverside County, California as part of the national Employment Retention and Advancement Project (ERA). The two approaches, called Work Plus and Training Focused, enrolled recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits (primarily single parents) who worked for 20 or more hours per week but earned too little to leave assistance. approaches encouraged working TANF recipients to attend courses in remedial education, postsecondary education, or vocational training, depending on recipients’ levels of educational attainment and career aspirations.

During the first follow-up year, RFS led to a small increase in employment retention relative to the PES program. This retention impact was not sustained in the second year and no other impacts on employment or earnings were found.

Report Title: The Employment Retention and Advancement Project: A Comparison of Two Job Club Strategies: The Effects of Enhanced Versus Traditional Job Clubs in Los Angeles.
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Michael Dubinsky, 202-401-3442

Performer: MDRC
PIC ID: 8928

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