This demonstration sought to find innovative and effective approaches to facilitate linkages between the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Job Service, which operates the state’s One-Stop Career Centers.

"In 2003, the Employment and Training Administration funded the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for a three-year effort to implement the Strengthening the Connections Between Unemployment Insurance and One-Stop Delivery System Demonstration Project. The demonstration sought to find innovative and effective approaches to facilitate linkages between the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Job Service, which operates the state’s One-Stop Career Centers. The project’s objectives were to: 1) better connect UI claimants with One-Stop Career Center reemployment services, and 2) better connect its UI and Job Service divisions via data-sharing and joint provision of services" (p. i). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full Publication Title: Evaluation of the Strengthening the Connections Between Unemployment Insurance and the One-Stop Delivery Systems Demonstration Project in Wisconsin


Major Findings & Recommendations

The demonstration project succeeded in increasing collaboration between the state’s UI and Job Service divisions through both its data sharing component and its implementation of expanded reemployment services and eligibility reviews of UI claimants. In doing so, staff overcame a variety of barriers including administrative policies, the complexity of management information systems, and the communications challenges associated with creating a new project. "Impact of the Demonstration on Employment Outcomes: • Entering Employment: The Wisconsin Demonstration project did not have a significant impact on whether or not participants entered employment. • Average Quarterly Earnings: Demonstration participants had higher average quarterly earnings than did the comparison group across all three analysis models. • Duration of UI Benefits: The demonstration groups had significantly shorter durations of UI benefits than did the comparison groups, • Amount of UI Benefits Paid: The reduction in benefit duration directly translated into a similar significant reduction in the average total payout of UI benefits. Relationship Between Service Use and Employment Outcomes: • Entering Employment: The evaluation found positive and statistically significant associations between entering employment and the one-time use of three services—job referral, one-on-one services, and follow-up services. • Duration of UI Benefits: All of whom used RES services, demonstration participants who used assessment and one-on-one services once experienced significantly shorter durations of UI benefits than did the comparison group. • Average Quarterly Earnings: Claimants who used job referral and follow-up services once had significantly higher earnings than did the comparison group. (p. iv-vi). (Abstractor: Author & Website Staff)