ERIC Number: ED399426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Food Stamp Employment and Training/JOBS Conformance Demonstration: BOND Participant Survey Final Report.
O'Shea, Daniel P.; Long, Donald W.
An evaluation was conducted of the Better Opportunities for New Directions (BOND) demonstration that tested the conformance between the Texas Food Stamp Employment and Training (E&T) and Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) programs. The research design was a longitudinal panel approach. First-round interviews with 54 individuals probed clients' basic needs and personal circumstances, patterns of public and other outside assistance, employment histories, barriers to employment, and anticipated benefits of BOND participation. Second-round interviews with 37 individuals elicited their assessment of activities and services and the impacts of participation. Participants portrayed a broad range of individual needs and circumstances. Most participants felt they had benefited from BOND. It enhanced their employability through education, training, and job readiness/job search activities and through improved self-esteem, motivation, and communication skills. Participants felt that BOND improved their job preparation and search skills, encouraged and enabled them to attend postsecondary and General Educational Development classes, and helped them by providing support services. They suggested that not only sanctions but opportunities and perceived benefits drove participation. Participants' suggestions delivered these "messages" to policymakers: encourage voluntary participation; value less tangible program outcomes; provide access to advanced education and training; provide statewide coverage; and recognize external barriers. (Appended are profiles of survey participants.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Dept. of Human Services, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Location: Texas