Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What Employment Strategies Work for Groups Facing Serious Obstacles to Finding and Keeping A Steady Job?

01/01/2014

The Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project tested innovative employment strategies for groups facing serious obstacles to finding and keeping a steady job. This study tested two different employment strategies (transitional jobs and extensive pre-employment services) for groups facing serious obstacles to finding and keeping a steady job.

Group members in the Transitional Work Corporation had significantly higher employment rates than the control group members, but the difference faded, and the groups had similar outcomes beyond the first year. Recipients assigned to the Success Through Employment Preparation Program did not work or earn more, or receive less welfare, than the control group. These results suggest that in order for programs to sustain impact, they must help more people obtain and retain jobs, but that it can be difficult to engage welfare recipients in extensive pre-employment services long enough to significantly improve their employability.

Report Title: Alternate Employment Strategies for Hard-To-Employ TANF Recipients: Final Results From A Test of Transitional Jobs and Preemployment Services in Philadelphia, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/enhanced_hardto/reports/final_alternative.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Girley Wright, 202-401-5070
Performer: MDRC
Record ID: 9668 (January 12, 2012)

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