Summarizes findings to date from the evaluation of locally-funded workforce development services in Travis County, Texas.
Building off the outcomes documented in first evaluation report series (Smith et al., 2007, 2008, 2010), this report was part of the second evaluation report series that compared two groups receiving low-intensity and high-intensity workforce development services in Travis County, Texas. Their outcomes and impacts (as feasible) will be analyzed across several research cycles moving forward. (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Workforce development programs funded by Travis County’s Health and Human Services Department between 2001 and 2006 appear to have made a positive difference in the labor market outcomes of participants” (p.35). • “Early results from the evaluation of outcomes for 2007‐2008 participants support the conclusion that short-term interventions produce their strongest outcomes in the most immediate post‐service periods” (p.36). • “Capital IDEA, the long‐term occupational training program supported by the County, was the only provider to have a positive, statistically significant impact on average quarterly earnings of those employed” (p.36). (Abstractor: Author)