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.
Oakland's citywide violence prevention initiative tackles this issue.Read more
Individuals who have been involved with the justice system face major challenges as they re-enter society. Our work helps improve their prospects.Read more
Individuals who have been incarcerated face daunting challenges in re-entering society and in rebuilding their lives following incarceration. 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 education and employment outcomes, strengthen family relationships, and provide health and financial supports for individuals involved with the justice system. Our researchers are evaluating initiatives for multiple populations, including youth offenders, adults in jails and prisons, and former offenders. Our work provides insight into the effectiveness of interventions at many points of contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems, including violence prevention programs, bail programs, and juvenile justice reform efforts in cities and counties across the country.
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.
Jeanne Bellotti has extensive expertise in designing and conducting evaluations of programs to help disadvantaged populations prepare for, find, and retain employment.Featured Projects
- Does Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release Help? The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program
- Supporting Successful Prisoner Re-Entry
- Design Options for an Impact Evaluation of the Participant Assistance Program
- Reinvesting in America's Youth: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act Summer Youth Employment Initiative
- Training and Re-Employment