ERIC Number: ED452401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Work First: How To Help Hard-To-Employ Individuals Get Jobs and Succeed in the Workforce. A How-To Guide. ReWORKing Welfare: Technical Assistance for States and Localities.
This guide distills lessons from an extensive body of research into practical advice for policymakers and practitioners concerned with helping hard-to-employ individuals find jobs and succeed in the work force. Part 1 examines the following topics: characteristics of the hard-to-employ; the prevalence of various barriers to employment; and the effectiveness of past welfare-to-work efforts for hard-to-employ individuals. Part 2 explores the following aspects of policy and design: implications for state and local policy; techniques for identifying and assessing barriers; staff development and interagency partnerships; program models; and best practices. Part 3 consists of six sections that are each devoted to one of the following employment problems faced by hard-to-employ individuals: multiple barriers; substance abuse; domestic violence; physical disabilities and chronic health problems; depression and other mental health problems; criminal records; very low basic skills and learning disabilities; and language barriers. Each section contains the following items: overview; screening and assessment guidelines; service strategies; labor market strategies; guidelines for staff development and interagency partnerships; and best practices. Seventeen text boxes are included. The appendix contains lists of the following items: 63 programs, organizations, and contact information; 113 references and suggested publications; and 113 recent publications on Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation projects. (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Agency Cooperation, Basic Skills, Career Counseling, Career Development, Chronic Illness, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Client Relationship, Criminals, Delivery Systems, Employment Problems, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Family Violence, Guidelines, Job Placement, Learning Disabilities, Limited English Speaking, Mental Disorders, Models, Participant Characteristics, Physical Disabilities, Policy Formation, Program Development, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Social Science Research, Staff Development, State Programs, Substance Abuse, Success, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Adjustment, Welfare Recipients, Work Environment
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016, Tel: 212-532-3200, Full text on web site: http://www.mdrc.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.