This study tested the effectiveness of programs that attempted to promote steady work and career advancement for current and former welfare recipients and other low-wage workers, most of whom were single mothers.
Three of twelve programs included in the report produced positive economic impacts. Engaging individuals in employment and retention services at levels above what they would have done in absence of the programs was a challenge. Staff spent a lot of time and resources on placing unemployed individuals back into jobs, which made it difficult for them to focus on helping those who were already working to keep their jobs or move up.
Report Title: The Employment Retention and Advancement Project: How Effective were Different Approaches Aiming to Increase Employment Retention and Advancement? Final Impacts for Twelve Models http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/employ_retention/reports/different_approaches/era_core.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Michael Dubinsky, 202-401-3442
Record ID: 9677 (Report completed May 15, 2010)