Evaluation of Green Jobs and Health Care Grantees

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

To address the needs of communities experiencing job loss and recognizing potential growth in green jobs and health care, the Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) offered two grant opportunities to help individuals and communities provide training programs in these sectors. The Pathways Out of Poverty grants support training programs to help workers in disadvantaged communities access environmentally-oriented jobs (green jobs). The Health Care and High Growth Training grants focus on providing workers with paths to career-enhancing opportunities in health care. ETA funded four sites in California, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas to receive grant funds and participate in an experimental, multisite random assignment evaluation.

Abt Associates is partnering with Mathematica to conduct this evaluation to examine whether re-training in green jobs or health care improves participant educational attainment and labor market outcomes. The evaluation includes one hard-copy baseline survey that was administered to participants at random assignment and two follow-up computer-assisted telephone surveys of the 2,660 randomly assigned individuals participating in the study across the four sites. The baseline survey collected characteristics of participants, including demographics, current educational enrollment, and labor market participation. The first follow-up survey, administered 18 months after random assignment, will focus on educational attainment, job history, labor market experiences, earnings, and household characteristics. The second follow-up survey will include questions on many of the same topics 36 months after random assignment to assess the longer-term impact of the programs on educational and labor market outcomes. In addition, the impact evaluation will use administrative data on participants’ employment history and earnings from the National Directory of New Hires Database.