Implementing Efficiency Measures for Employment and Training Programs: Final Report

Author(s): Trutko, John; Barnow, Burt S.

Organizational Author(s): Capital Research Corporation; Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Policy Studies

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Resource Availability: Publicly available

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Summary

Aims to identify outcome-based efficiency measures for implementation by the 11 ETA-administered programs.

Description

"In 2007, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required the development of efficiency measures for all federal government programs as part of the effort to improve federal government program performance. As a result of Program Assessment Rating Tool reviews, OMB asked the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and implement an outcome-based measure or measures of efficiency for employment and training programs administered by the agency. In response to this OMB directive, in May 2008, ETA initiated a study to identify outcome-based efficiency measures for implementation by 11 ETA-administered programs: Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program; WIA Dislocated Worker Program; WIA Youth Activities Program; WIA National Emergency Grants Program; Trade Adjustment Assistance Program; Wagner-Peyser/Employment Service (ES) Program; Senior Community Service Employment Program National Farmworker Jobs Program Indian and Native American Program Work Incentive Grant Program; and Apprenticeship Program" (Abstract). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

- "State workforce agency officials observed that efficiency measures need to be carefully tailored to the goals of each ETA program, noting that special attention is particularly needed in determining and applying efficiency measures for the WIA Youth, WIG, and Apprenticeship programs" (p.ES-3).

- "The quantitative analyses of available expenditure and outcome data (to produce estimates on select efficiency measures by program for a three-year period (PY 2005-2007) demonstrated the feasibility of producing outcome-based efficiency measure results for most of the 11 ETA programs, but also highlighted some of the concerns that have been expressed by ETA and state-level program officials, as well as the Expert Panel (p.ES-4).

- "The often sizable differences between the highest and lowest states on efficiency measure results demonstrates how efficiency measure results can dramatically differ across states, as well as suggests that data submitted by states on either expenditures or outcomes may be based on inconsistencies in data collection or erroneous data" (p.ES-4).

- "The modeling efforts conducted for this report, which focuses on the three WIA programs, suggested that great caution and several additional years of results are required before ETA should consider implementing performance standards for states/grantees on the recommended efficiency measures" (p.ES-4). (Abstractor: Author)

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