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 Reemployment
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).
Bellotti currently directs three projects for DOL. The first project, the Evaluation of Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release, examines the development and implementation of jail-based American Job Centers that serve participants pre-release and link them immediately upon release to community-based American Job Centers to support successful reentry. The Evaluation of the America’s Promise Job Driven Training Grants, the second project, includes both impact and implementation studies of regional partnership efforts aimed at training workers for high- and middle-skilled career pathways. And the third, the Evaluation of Youth CareerConnect, includes an implementation study across 24 sites, a randomized controlled trial in 4 sites, and a quasi-experimental impact study in 16 sites to assess the effectiveness of a high school reform initiative aimed at preparing students for pathways to successful careers in industries that often hire foreign workers on H-1B visas. She recently directed an evaluation of the Jobs Innovation and Accelerator Challenge Grants aimed at enhancing regional economic development, a study design 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.
In addition to her own research, Bellotti is the director of Mathematica’s work related to labor and employment, a role in which she provides oversight and support to the large number of projects and proposals that Mathematica carries out for the U.S. Department of Labor, state workforce agencies, and local workforce boards and service providers. Bellotti routinely presents findings from her studies at DOL and other venues, including the annual research conference for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2010, she briefed staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on findings from the Summer Youth Employment Program. She holds an M.S. in public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants Evaluation
This evaluation examined 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.
Youth CareerConnect Evaluation
The Youth CareerConnect program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth.
Evaluating the Summer Food for Children Household-Based Demonstrations
Mathematica teamed with Abt Associates, Inc., to test the impact of two approaches for providing food assistance to low-income, school-age children in the summer to reduce child hunger and food insecurity.
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...