Presents results from a non-experimental net impact evaluation of the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs under the Workforce Investment Act.
“This study reports results of a nonexperimental net impact evaluation of the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)” in 12 states for participants who entered the program in PY 2003-05. “The key measure of interest is the difference in average earnings or employment attributable to WIA program participation for those who participate.  The analyses focus on three levels of service: Core services, including outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information; Intensive services, involving comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans, counseling, and career planning; and Training services, occupational and basic skills training that link customers to job opportunities in their communities” (p.i). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Adult program participant results (regardless of services received) “show that participating is associated with a several-hundred-dollar increase in quarterly earnings. The analysis of participants who receive only Core/Intensive services suggest that their benefits may be as great as $100 or $200 per quarter over the period of study, which is substantial compared to the small costs of those services. Adult program participants who obtain Training services have lower initial earnings than those who don’t receive Training services, but they catch up within 10 quarters, ultimately registering large total gains per quarter. The marginal benefits of training may exceed $400 in earnings each quarter” (p.i-ii). Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)