Researchers presented the final impacts for 12 of the 16 Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) programs and summarized how the 12 programs were implemented and individuals' levels of participation in program services.
Three programs produced positive economic impacts; nine did not. Increases in participation beyond control group levels were not consistent or large. This may have made it difficult for the programs to achieve impacts on employment retention and advancement. Engaging individuals in employment and retention services at levels above what they would have done in the absence of the programs was a consistent challenge. In addition, staff had to spend a lot of time and resources 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: How Effective are 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: 9821 (Report completed August 10, 2010)