Discusses how the Beneficiary Choice model affected participant choice and capitalized on the strengths of faith-based and community organizations to improve participant outcomes.
"The Beneficiary Choice model represents a new direction in the provision of services to ex-offenders and, therefore, is likely to pique the interest of policymakers and program administrators alike. Unlike prior prisoner re-entry initiatives, the Beneficiary Choice program involved an indirect funding model in which grantees were expected to engage in performance-based contracts with at least five local faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) acting as specialized service providers (SSPs) to provide a range of employment-focused service options to participants. DOL was interested in knowing how this model affected participant choice and capitalized on the strengths of FBCOs to improve participant outcomes" (p.xiii). (Abstractor: Author)