ERIC Number: ED365858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Displaced Homemaker Program. 1989-91 Biennial Evaluation Report.
Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
The 2-year evaluation of the Displaced Homemaker Program in Washington focused on the primary purpose of the program--to assist displaced homemakers in attaining independence and economic security. Approximately 2,042 eligible displaced homemakers completed the intensive instructional services component; the program served a total of 34,659 persons. The average hourly wage for program completers reflected an increase above the average from the previous biennium's hourly wage. With an overall 57 percent employment rate, it was anticipated that 355 persons receiving Aid for Families with Dependent Children were employed because of the training. Along with revenue generated through employment, savings in welfare payments resulted from job placements. The program offered a variety of services in two areas: instruction and support. The program was most effective in reducing barriers to employment. Participants received information regarding employment and training opportunities, became aware of their skills and abilities, increased self-confidence, developed clearer employment goals, and learned new job search skills. A key factor in the success of the program was the collaboration among various agencies and organizations that resulted in savings and the reduction of service duplication by state agencies. Appendixes include a list of contractors, a listing of letters of intent to apply, information on contractor activities, and participant demographics. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.