ERIC Number: ED478330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Measuring the Effect of Job Service Referrals and Placements in Washington and Oregon.
Jacobson, Louis; Petta, Ian
The utility of a quasi-experimental evaluation design for estimating benefits derived from a program to match job-seekers to openings listed by employers was examined in three studies of Job Service referrals and placements in Washington and Oregon. Data examined included a mail survey of a sample of 587 Washington residents referred to job openings in the first half of 1998 and records of 328,815 spells of unemployment experienced by unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in 1987-1995. The effectiveness of job service placement services and referral services were estimated using program cost-benefit ratios, duration of joblessness, success in obtaining interviews, and successful job placement for job-seekers with strong and spotty work records. An expert panel examining the methodology concluded that: 1) survey results were imperfect because of the possibility that some job-seekers who failed to secure interviews were screened out by employers; 2) the sample was small and may not have been representative; 3) improving the survey and using telephone follow-up should overcome the problems; and 4) the design holds promise for obtaining credible estimates of the value of being placed that also can be used as benchmarks in assess the bias in non-experimental estimators. (Contains 11 tables.) (MN/CG)
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Cost Effectiveness, Dislocated Workers, Employment Experience, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Services, Job Placement, Program Effectiveness, Quasiexperimental Design, Reentry Workers, Referral, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Research Utilization, Sampling, Surveys, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance
For full text: http://wdr.doleta.gov/conference/pdf/jacobson.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982