ERIC Number: ED369963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Multiple Employment Training Programs. Most Federal Agencies Do Not Know If Their Programs Are Working Effectively. Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) examined the procedures used by various federal agencies to monitor the performance and effectiveness of their programs of employment training assistance to economically disadvantaged persons. The study revealed that, although most of the employment training programs had some form of oversight or monitoring effort, only about one-third of the programs used such activities to assess participant outcomes. Consequently, although program administrators had sufficient data to be assured that their programs were in compliance, they did not know whether their programs were actually helping disadvantaged persons enter or reenter the work force. In the past 10 years, only 7 of the 62 programs analyzed had conducted studies to measure program effectiveness or impact. (Appendixes constituting approximately three-fourths of this report contain the following: proposed FY94 funding levels for federal agencies implementing employment and training programs, outcome data collected by federal programs providing employment assistance to disadvantaged persons, monitoring activities by federal programs providing disadvantaged persons, GAO-identified studies published between January 1990 and December 1993 on employment training programs for ED persons, the methodology and findings of studies evaluating program effectiveness, comments from the various agencies, and a list of major contributors to the report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, Evaluation Methods, Federal Programs, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, Tables (Data), Vocational Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 2084-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more mailed to a single address, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
Note: For related documents, see ED 362 628, ED 362 774, ED 367 840, ED 367 898, and CE 066 439.