Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What are the Design Options and Recommendations to Evaluate Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Job Search Assistance Services?

01/01/2014

This study addressed gaps in the research by exploring the potential for rigorous impact evaluations of alternative job search assistance strategies. The project developed recommendations for an overall approach, potential research design options, and the analytic methods that could be used in an evaluation of job search strategies. The project conducted a scan of the current state of knowledge of job search strategies, including identifying what is known about existing or previous approaches to address the problem, where there have been successes or deficiencies, and the lessons to be learned from these approaches. Building on this work, the research team identified key research questions and developed ideas to test job search strategies and approaches.

The proposed design considers the various evaluation methods that could be used to evaluate job search assistance strategies for clients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, including random assignment designs, multi-arm tests, and factorial design. Researchers suggested a test of low-touch, modest versus high-touch intensive job search assistance services. The study outlined the appropriate considerations, the research questions that the approach can answer, and other necessary information about sample sizes, measurement tools, and other evaluation components.

Report Title: Design Options of the Search for Employment (DOSE) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/design-options-of-the-search-for-employment-dose-2011-2013
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Erica Zielewski, 202-401-5995
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 10129 (March 31, 2013)

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