Targeted Help for the Hard-to-Employ: Outcomes of Two Philadelphia Welfare-to-Work Programs. Acknowledgements


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR) conducted the Philadelphia outcomes report as part of the congressionally mandated evaluation of the National Welfare-to-Work (WtW) grants program. The overall study is being conducted by MPR and its subcontractors-the Urban Institute (UI) and Support Services International, Inc. (SSI)-under a contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It would not have been possible to complete this report without the hard work of many people at MPR and other organizations, and the authors wish to acknowledge their contributions here.

We could not have completed the study without the ongoing support of the dedicated WtW program staff in Philadelphia. Linda Blanchette at the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation gave us background on Philadelphia's complex WtW program structure. Richard Greenwald and Lili-An Elkins of the Transitional Work Corporation (TWC) gave us background on the program, supported the study's sample enrollment, and welcomed us on our many visits to observe program operations. We appreciate the assistance of Caryn May in working with TWC management information systems data. We gratefully acknowledge the time and effort of the numerous staff at TWC and the Regional Service Centers (RSCs) who assisted in sample enrollment for the follow-up survey and who shared information with us on their program operations during our visits. We also are grateful to staff at Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Program Evaluation, including Gayle Brignoni, Fred Mast, Scott Sanson, and Dennis Stamm, for their help in providing us with administrative records data.

At DHHS, Alana Landey oversaw the study and provided valuable guidance and feedback. Pam Holcomb from UI led site visits to TWC and the RSCs and provided key information on program operations.

At MPR, Daisy Ewell and Mark Brinkley expertly coordinated the process of securing and processing administrative data from the state of Pennsylvania. Rita Stapulonis, Shawn Marsh, and Jason Markesich oversaw sample enrollment at the RSCs and TWC, as well as the collection of 12-month follow-up survey data. Julie Sykes provided careful analysis of follow-up survey data and program management information systems data. Dan Levy, Rob Olsen, and Thomas Fraker oversaw the initial analyses of these data and the development of survey weights. Taryn Eckstein and Elizabeth McClintock provided invaluable research assistance for the analysis of these data. Anne Gordon, Alan Hershey, and Peter Schochet reviewed drafts of this report and provided many helpful comments in guiding the analysis. Patricia Ciaccio edited the report, and Bryan Gustus and William Garrett produced it.

We thank all these organizations and individuals, as well as any others we may have omitted unintentionally, for their important contributions to this study. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of MPR or of any agency of the federal government. Any errors or omissions are strictly the responsibility of the authors.

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