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Project

Evaluation of Occupational Training and Barrier Reduction Services

Official Title
Venango County (PA) Evaluator Services Workforce Innovation Fund Evaluator Services
Location(s)
Pennsylvania
Dates
10/2012 – 10/2014
Market
Workforce Development Practice Areas
Practice Areas
Workforce Development
Workforce Innovation Fund
Services
Process Evaluations
Mixed Method Evaluations
Outcome Evaluations
Client
Venango County (PA)
Methodologies
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Survey Analysis

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund grant program funded Career Jump Start. IMPAQ’s evaluation of the program had three components: an implementation study, an outcomes study, and a cost-allocation analysis. Together, they provided insight into the effects of occupational training and barrier reduction services on promoting employment among job-seekers. They also helped identify successful practices and lessons learned for implementing or improving future programs in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

We used a mixed methods approach to document and understand the implementation, identify best practices and lessons learned, analyze key quantitative labor market outcomes for participants, and examine program costs. We also evaluated a number of projects funded by an earlier round of the same grant program and will leverage that experience to ensure we integrate our evaluation seamlessly into Career Jump Start operations.

Our project director is a Ph.D economist with more than 10 years of research and evaluation experience. The project team also included researchers with strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills.