ERIC Number: ED110820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Social Security Earnings Data for Assessing the Impact of Manpower Training Programs: Final Report of the Panel on Manpower Training Evaluation.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
The Panel on Manpower Training Evaluation has recommended that Social Security earnings data be more widely used in evaluating manpower programs, especially those that tend to serve prime-age males, such as the MDTA (Manpower Development Training Act) or NAB-JOBS (National Association of Businessmen-Job Opportunities in the Business Sector) programs. In spite of some limitations, earnings data provide very accurate and inexpensive longitudinal information that can be efficiently analyzed and provide as adequate a source of comparison groups as tailor-made sample survey studies, with the additional potentiality for matching pairs of observations on selected characteristics such as prior earnings patterns. The panel recognizes the issue of confidentiality and expects adherence to standards set for public use of government data. The panel has stressed that evaluation is limited by the quality of information available on the population of manpower program participants. A suggested approach was to develop accurate samples rather than attempt to gather information on all trainees; however, this precludes development of accurate trainee lists for each project. A concluding recommendation was the undertaking of a study comparing the outcomes of a true experimental design to evaluate a manpower program with outcomes as measured by Social Security data. (Author/EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security