ERIC Number: ED477490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Customer Choice or Business as Usual?: Promoting Innovation in the Design of WIA Training Programs Through the Individual Training Account Experiment.
Perez-Johnson, Irma; Decker, Paul
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 requires that workforce investment areas establish individual training accounts (ITAs) that provide vouchers customers can use to pay for training. The United States Department of Labor is supporting the ITA experiment, during which new customers determined to be eligible for training will be randomly assigned to one of the three ITA approaches. All eligible customers will receive some type of ITA offer, and the same three approaches will be tested in all six states (Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina) participating in the experiment. A team of research contractors will evaluate the ITA experiment in a two-part evaluation that will include process analysis and impact and return-on-investment analysis. The three approaches to delivering ITAs that will be tested are as follows: (1) structured customer choice (counselors will direct customers and WIA resources to training programs through which earnings on the new job will be high relative to the investment in training and will reject training selections not expected to yield high); (2) guided customer choice (customers will receive a fixed ITA amount much lower than the approach 1 cap but will have more training options); and (3) maximum customer choice (a true voucher approach in which customers are offered a lump sum and allowed to choose any state-approved training option). (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Counseling, Comparative Analysis, Delivery Systems, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Vouchers, Employment Counselors, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Design, Public Policy, School Choice, Student Financial Aid
For full text: http://wdr.doleta.gov/conference/pdf/perez.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998