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ERIC Number: ED501587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 141
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
The Employment Retention and Advancement Project: Results from the Valuing Individual Success and Increasing Opportunities Now (VISION) Program in Salem, Oregon
Molina, Frieda; Cheng, Wan-Lae; Hendra, Richard
The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project is the most comprehensive effort thus far to ascertain which approaches help welfare recipients and other low-income people stay steadily employed and advance in their jobs. Launched in 1999 and slated to end in 2009, the ERA project encompasses more than a dozen demonstration programs and uses a rigorous research design to analyze the programs' implementation and impacts on research sample members, who were randomly assigned to the study groups. This evaluation report presents interim results for the Salem, Oregon, site in the national ERA project. The study found that (1) a pre- to post-employment model of providing retention and advancement services was difficult for program operators to implement; (2) VISION operated in a difficult economic and fiscal environment, suffering from staff turnover and cutbacks, funding shortages, and management issues; and (3) VISION did not achieve its goals of helping participants secure better jobs and advance in the labor market. These results are not the final word on the VISION program in Salem. MDRC will continue to track the impacts of VISION using unemployment insurance records. Six appendixes are included: (1) Supplementary Tables for "Introduction"; (2) Notes for Tables and Figures Displaying Results Calculated with Administrative Records Data; (3) Notes for Tables and Figures Displaying Results Calculated with Responses to the ERA; (4) Supplementary Tables for "Early Economic Impacts of VISION"; (5) ERA 12-Month Survey Response Analysis for Salem, Oregon; and (6) Examples of Employment-Related Measures Analyzed in This Report. (Contains 26 tables, 2 figures, and 11 boxes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Oregon