ERIC Number: ED326702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Cato Institute Report. An Inaccurate Portrayal of JTPA.
Benson, Dennis K.
Appropriate Solutions, Inc. (ASI), the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) follow-up data collection contractor for the state of Ohio, reviewed "JTPA: Another Federal Training Fraud," issued by the CATO Institute. ASI found the report exceptionally shallow and unquestionably misleading. The report appeared to be unaware of the mandated 13-week follow-up of JTPA terminees, the complicated performance standards process in place, and the strong movement toward establishing a professional credentialing program. ASI also found that the majority of the research and examples cited came from secondary analysis of other reports. One of ASI's specific complaints was that the report cited specific data as truthful and factual with which ASI simply disagreed. In contrast with the report, ASI found the following: (1) the program in Ohio resulted in reduced reliance on public assistance; (2) the increase in employment was more important than the low salaries at which JTPA participants started; (3) getting participants even a temporary job was an accomplishment; (4) JTPA increased employment and did not increase unemployment; and (5) preparation of people to do their own successful job hunting was an objective of the program and should not be regarded as a negative. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appropriate Solutions, Inc., Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982