ERIC Number: ED360504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating JTPA Programs for Economically Disadvantaged Adults: A Case Study of Utah and General Findings. Research Report No. 92-02.
Bowman, William R.
A study examined the feasibility of using a "nonexperimental" technique to evaluate Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs for economically disadvantaged adults. New statistical techniques were applied to data about a sample of Utah JTPA participants and data about Employment Security registrants linked with their individual Unemployment Insurance earnings records programs in order to derive bias-free "quasi-net impact" estimates. The analysis revealed that JTPA completers who were either placed in unsubsidized jobs or retained by their employer in the case of on-the-job training were significantly (10 percent) more likely to be employed 2 years after their original enrollment. The earnings of program completers placed into unsubsidized employment were also significantly higher (by nearly $1,000 for women and by more than $1,300 for men) than those of non-JTPA participants. The study confirmed the possibility of developing statistically reliable program evaluations for JTPA through the use of nonexperimental techniques that rely on earnings records readily available to states. (Appendices contain the following: experimental evaluations of programs for economically disadvantaged adults, estimates of the selection bias of nonexperimental models, preentry earnings models and selection bias tests, quasi-net impact employment and earnings models, gross versus net impacts of JTPA program activities, and 71 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.; Utah State Dept. of Commerce and Economic Development, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982