ERIC Number: ED510450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May-19
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Evidence Scan of Work Experience Programs. Mathematica Reference Number: 06747-100
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
This study, being conducted through the Center for Improving Research Evidence (CIRE) at Mathematica Policy Research for the venture philanthropy organization REDF (formerly The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), presents the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions that include work experience as a strategy to improve employment outcomes for populations with barriers to employment. The study reviewed 26 years of rigorous research for studies of effectiveness, gathering information from 27 evaluations. Work experiences provide participants with an opportunity to practice being in a work environment and applying general or specific skills relevant to holding a job that may help them eventually find independent and unsubsidized employment. Key findings include: (1) For adults, the strongest evidence was for both paid and unpaid work models with programs lasting up to 6 months or a year; (2) The evidence on work experience programs for youth is mixed; while some studies showed strong impacts, others did not; (3) For youth, linking occupational learning with paid or unpaid work experience placements can have a positive impact on employment, earnings and academic outcomes; (4) All youth programs that demonstrated strong impacts incorporated some level of academic and vocational training, job search and placement assistance, and other supports into the program model; (5) Limited evidence is available on long-term impacts; (6) Strength and consistency of implementation is an important consideration, as are local factors; several studies found impacts at some sites and not others; (7) Most studies did not attempt to isolate the impact of work experience versus other components; and (8) Studies indicate particular effectiveness of employment programs for women. Appended are: (1) List of Studies Reviewed; and (2) Tables of Evidence. (Contains 3 tables and 6 footnotes, and a Bibliography.) (This study, was conducted through the Center for Improving Research Evidence (CIRE) at Mathematica Policy Research for the venture philanthropy organization REDF.]
Descriptors: Work Experience Programs, On the Job Training, Internship Programs, Program Effectiveness, Youth Programs, Adult Programs, Evidence, Outcomes of Education, Employment, Gender Differences, Females
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.