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.
People who have been incarcerated face daunting challenges in re-entering society and in rebuilding their lives. 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 peopleinvolved 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.
Karen Needels is a labor economist with significant expertise in design, data collection, and analysis for experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of the unemployment insurance (UI) system, employment and training programs, and programs intended to reduce recidivism and improve employment outcomes of individuals involved in the criminal justice system.Featured Projects
- Evaluation of the Job Corps Program
- Helping At-Risk Youth: Evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
- Unemployment Compensation During the Great Recession: Theory and Evidence
- The EUC08 Program in Theoretical and Historical Perspective
- Unemployment Insurance
- Training and Reemployment