ERIC Number: ED329053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Supported Employment in Illinois: A Benefit-Cost Analysis during the First Two Years. Volume 7.
McCaughrin, Wendy B.; Rusch, Frank R.
This study examined the benefits and costs of supported employment programs in Illinois during the first 2 years of operation. Benefits and costs were considered for 394 individuals enrolled in 1987 and 519 individuals enrolled in 1988, from three revenue perspectives: that of society as a whole; that of the supported employees; and that of the taxpayers. The study found that the total costs exceeded total benefits both from an overall societal perspective and from a taxpayer's perspective. The rise in the benefit-cost ratios from fiscal year 1987 to 1988 is attributed largely to savings in alternative program costs and not to increases in earnings. Expected increases in earnings during fiscal year 1988 occurred only for long-term supported employees. The increase in disposable income to supported employees as a whole was 37%. Program costs were higher for long-term supported employees during fiscal year 1988 than 1987, indicating that employee independence is not being promoted. Appendix A contains forms used to collect data from each program agency, including the Worker Characteristics Evaluation form, the Benefit-Costs Analysis, Job Coach/Coworker Involvement form, and Job Separation form. Appendix B contains raw data collected for 519 supported employees, such as hourly wages, hours worked, gross wages, taxes withheld, and benefit reduction. (22 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Secondary Transition Intervention Effectiveness Inst.
Note: The client survey instrument on pages 40-42 has reduced print.