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.
Stable employment is a key factor in preventing recidivism. We are evaluating programs that seek to improve employment outcomes, including those that provide people in correctional facilities with jail-based employment supports, job training, and connections to public workforce systems. We are also examining programs that offer former offenders assistance with employment, mentoring, and housing.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Violence: Evaluation of Oakland Unite
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.
Shawn Marsh specializes in managing large data collection efforts, implementing random assignment in local sites, and achieving high response rates.Featured Projects
- Preparing Young People for the Future: Evaluating the Impact of the YouthBuild Program
- Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation
- Ensuring Data Quality: What Criteria Do Monitors Use to Rate Interviewers?
- Who's Monitoring the Monitors? Ensuring Data Quality in Telephone Interviewing
- Family Support
- Strengthening Families and Responsible Fatherhood
- Youth Development
- Criminal Justice