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.
- Designing and carrying out evaluations of programs to help a wide range of disadvantaged populations prepare for, find, and retain employment
- Training and Re-Employment
Jeanne Bellotti has extensive expertise in designing and conducting evaluations of programs to help disadvantaged populations prepare for, find, and retain employment. Her work includes leadership roles on large-scale implementation, outcomes, cost, and net-impact studies of employment and training programs for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Currently, Bellotti is directing an evaluation of the Jobs Innovation and Accelerator Challenge Grants aimed at enhancing regional economic development. She also directs the Administrative Data Reporting and Analysis project, which uses administrative data to study special populations, including Indian and Native Americans, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics served by DOL programs. She recently directed study designs for an impact evaluation of a program to educate participants about their rights under employee benefit laws, an evaluation of the Summer Youth Employment Program, and an evaluation of an innovative prisoner reentry program.
Bellotti made two plenary presentations at the Recovering America’s Youth Summits, sponsored by DOL. She has also presented at the DOL Recovery and Reemployment Research Conference and the annual research conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. She holds an M.S. in public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Does Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release Help? The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program
Does Priority of Service for Veterans Reduce Unemployment? Priority of Service Provision Under the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002
The U.S. Department of Labor funds workforce development programs to help reduce unemployment among veterans. Mathematica examined the implementation of priority of service provisions in seven American Job Centers.
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.
Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants Evaluation
This evaluation is examining implementation, processes, and strategies grantee clusters use to accelerate regional economic development, and whether federal funding and program structure accelerate the creation of high-wage jobs and innovation.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Employment and Training Services to Improve Job Seekers' Success
For 10 years, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) was the major source of public funding for employment and training services in the United States. WIA’s Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provided employment and training for low-income disadvantaged job seekers as well as workers laid off from...