The SourceAmerica® Pathways to Careers™ program helps individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or a primary diagnosis of autism obtain competitive integrated employment aligned with their skills, interests, strengths, and abilities. Mathematica is conducting an evaluation of Pathways.
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Evaluation of the Pathways to Careers Program
Next Generation of Enhanced Employment Strategies Project (NextGen)
This project aims to identify and rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of innovative programs designed to promote employment and economic security among low-income individuals with complex challenges to employment, such as health conditions, criminal history, or limited work skills and experience.
Senior Fellow; Director of Youth and Family Research
Robert Wood’s research focuses on policies affecting low-income families and disadvantaged youth.Featured Projects
- Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
- Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
- Family Support
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- Youth Development
- TANF and Employment Issues