This study includes (1) annual evaluations of the 25 programs funded through Oakland Unite, (2) annual evaluations of program strategies (life coaching, education and economic self-sufficiency, and violent incident and crisis response), and (3) a four-year impact evaluation.
Individuals who have been incarcerated face daunting challenges as they re-enter society. Many lack education, work experience, family support, and housing. In addition, substance abuse and mental health problems are common. Without adequate supports, recidivism is likely.
We study programs and services to improve employment outcomes, strengthen family relationships, and provide health and financial supports for individuals involved with the justice system. Our team is evaluating initiatives for youth offenders, individuals housed in correctional facilities who need stronger links to public workforce systems, and projects providing employment, mentoring, and housing assistance to former offenders.
Because strengthening family relationships is key to many support programs, our Parents and Children Together evaluation is looking at ways to support fathers, including many participants who are ex-offenders, to help build healthy relationships with their children and partners. In addition, we are testing the effectiveness of programs that aim to increase employment for noncustodial parents—including many ex-offenders—with substantial child support arrears. We have also examined efforts such as Health Link, which help connect female and adolescent male inmates to health services.
Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Violence: Evaluation of Oakland Unite
Preparing Young People for the Future: Evaluating the Impact of the YouthBuild Program
We are designing and implementing surveys of grantees and youth to evaluate impacts, costs, and operation of this program that helps young people learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets, such as community centers and schools.
Does Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release Help? The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program
This study looks at whether focused activities and increased coordination between the public workforce system and local correctional facilities prior to release may substantially improve employment outcomes for former inmates.
Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
Mathematica is conducting a developmental evaluation of the Local Deep End Initiative, including process and outcome analyses in 12 communities.
Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR)
CLEAR’s mission is to make research on labor topics more accessible to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the general public so that it can inform their decisions about labor policies and programs.
Helping At-Risk Youth: Evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program aims to improve the education, life skills, and employment potential of these dropouts. In this evaluation, a rigorous random assignment study will determine the program’s effectiveness by measuring changes in participants’ outcomes, and an implementation study...
Addressing the Critical Needs of Youth Offenders: Evaluating the Impacts of Grant-Funded Programs
This study examines a new Department of Labor (DOL)-funded program that combines promising workforce strategies (career pathways) with promising juvenile justice strategies (expungement and diversion services).
The Faith-Based Beneficiary Choice Program: A Path to Employment for Young Ex-Offenders
This study evaluated the Beneficiary Choice Contracting Program, a demonstration to help young, recently released ex-offenders get employed and stay free of crime with the help of faith-based and community organizations providing individualized support.
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
The National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration is testing the effectiveness of programs that aim to increase employment among noncustodial parents, with the ultimate goal of increasing the likelihood that they meet their child support obligations.