The Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency project tested strategies to promote employment and self-sufficiency among economically disadvantaged families, including those receiving, or at risk of receiving, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The career pathways model, a promising approach to post-secondary education and training for low-income and low-skill adults, was the primary strategy tested.
The central elements of the career pathways model included instruction organized as a series of manageable and well-articulated steps, strong academic and non-academic supports, and connections to employment. Researchers identified some of the principal intervention strategies included in the career pathways model, introduced a broad theory of change for career pathways, and discussed major considerations in designing random assignment evaluations of career pathways programs. This design work will inform future tests of career pathways programs.
Report Title: Career Pathways AS A Framework for Program Design and Evaluation - A Working Paper From the Innovative Strategies for, Increasing Self-Sufficiency (ISIS) Project, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/career-pathways-as-a-framework-for-program-design-and-evaluation-a-working
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Brendan Kelly, 202-401-5695
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 9914 (May 25, 2012)