ERIC Number: ED362690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-1
Reference Count: 0
Implementing JOBS: The Perspective of Front-Line Workers. JOBS Implementation Study.
Hagen, Jan L.; And Others
As part of a 3-year study of the implementation of the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Program, front-line workers were surveyed in all 10 states and in 29 of 30 sites included in the overall study. Their perceptions of the agencies' organizational environments suggested a rather lukewarm agency context for implementing JOBS. Workers strongly supported JOBS goals of promoting client self-sufficiency, wanted a stronger emphasis placed on JOBS within their agencies, and expressed a strong interest in further training related to JOBS. Only half thought JOBS would be helpful to their clients. Inadequate funding for education and training services and lack of available employment opportunities were considered significant barriers to JOBS implementation. Workers believed agencies placed a greater emphasis on client opportunities under JOBS than on client obligation to participate. They spent the greatest percentage of time in direct contact with clients, but spent an almost equal amount of time completing required data entry or other paper work. During the assessment process, workers attended to the client's educational skills, child care needs, and prior work experience. They believed the supply of most education, training, and employment services in their communities was adequate to serve JOBS participants. Eleven data tables are included. (Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Attitudes, Basic Skills, Coordination, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Human Services, Job Skills, Job Training, Program Design, Program Development, Program Implementation, Service Workers, Welfare Agencies, Welfare Recipients, Work Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; New York State Dept. of Social Services, Albany.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Nelson A. Rockefeller Inst. of Government.
Identifiers: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program
Note: For related documents, see CE 064 691-692.