IMPAQ studied the effectiveness of six workforce training programs supported by National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) through a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant. These programs provide training to unemployed workers to help them get jobs in health care, advanced manufacturing, and construction. The IMPAQ study included two components: (1) examine the characteristics and outcomes of participants in 30 NFWS/SIF programs in nine states; and (2) perform a quasi-experimental impact study of six selected programs in Ohio and Wisconsin. This included evaluating the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability of the programs.
This study showcases our ability to conduct multi-site, quasi-experimental impact evaluations using state-of-the-art research methods. Our team included experienced economists with extensive experience and expertise in the use of quasi-experimental impact methodologies. Our team had more than 40 years of experience in impact evaluation studies and authored and published multiple evaluation studies, project reports, and peer-review academic papers in unemployment and workforce development.
National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Jobs for the Future. (2014). Quasi-experimental impact study of NFWS/SIF workforce partnership programs: Evidence on the effectiveness of three workforce partnership programs in Ohio. Boston, MA: Michaelides, M., Mueser, P., & Mbwana, K.