Performance Improvement 2009. Does a Pre-post Employment Program Help Unemployed Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Applicants Keep Jobs and Advance?


This study targeted applicants of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance benefits who were unemployed. This study, conducted in Salem, Oregon, was part the Employment Retention and Advancement project, designed to identify and test innovative models designed to promote employment stability and wage progression among welfare recipients and other low-income groups. The Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) program the regular welfare-to-work program offered job search and related support; the other, Valuing Individual Success and Increasing Opportunities Now (VISION) provide more than basic pre-employment services.

During the first year and a half of follow-up, neither JOBS nor VISION increased employment retention or advancement above the control group. VISION increased public assistance receipt but had no statistically significant effect on income.

Report Title: The Employment Retention and Advancement Project: Results from the Valuing Individual Success and Increasing Opportunities Now (VISION) Program in Salem, Oregon
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Michael Dubinsky, 202-401-3442
Performer: MDRC
PIC ID: 8927

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