ERIC Number: ED472596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Community Jobs Outcomes Assessment & Program Evaluation.
Case, Annette; Burchfield, Erin; Sommers, Paul
Unemployment wage data were evaluated to assess employment, job retention, and wage progression for graduates of Community Jobs (CJ), a short-term public job creation program for the hard to employ in the state of Washington. The following were among the findings: (1) 66% of all participants were employed after graduating from CJ; (2) 53% were employed at the end of the first year after graduation; and (3) participants' income increased while in CJ, and those employed a year after CJ had more than doubled their pre-CJ income. Among the results of surveys and focus group data from program participants, employers, and caseworkers collected to evaluate the quality and performance of CJ were the following: (1) over 90% of participants and supervisors felt positively about CJ; (2) 85% of participants reported that CJ had prepared them for work; (3) 39% of supervisors were concerned with participants' barriers to work; and (4) participants placed great value on self-esteem gained from CJ. The evaluation highlighted the need for increased job readiness training before participants reach work sites, more intensive assistance in the transition to unsubsidized work, and increased communication among stakeholders. (There are 29 figures and tables, and 54 footnotes and endnotes. The following items are appended: study methodology; wage data tables; survey forms; comparison of program participant experience and job prospects; focus group protocols; focus group attendance by location; and an outline of the scope of the CJ program.) (AJ)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Development, Adult Vocational Education, At Risk Persons, Behavior Disorders, Community Benefits, Community Programs, Disabilities, Economic Impact, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Potential, High Risk Students, Job Placement, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Turnover, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Research Reports, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, State Agencies, Surveys, Vocational Adjustment, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://ows.doleta.gov/nrc/pdf/case.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Opportunity Inst., Seattle, WA.; Northwest Policy Center, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families