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.
- Employment and training programs
- Design of short experimental evaluations to improve program effectiveness
- Youth Employment
Jillian Berk joined Mathematica in 2008. Her research focuses on employment and training programs for economically vulnerable populations, including dislocated workers, older workers, workers with disabilities, and juvenile offenders.
Berk is the project director for an evaluation of a grant to a consortium of 23 community colleges under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. Under the grant, community colleges are deploying strategies to improve retention and completion rates and to support people who are earning workforce credentials. Berk also serves as the deputy project director for the experimental Evaluation of Grants Serving Young Offenders and the quasi-experimental Evaluation of the Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Subsidy on COBRA Take-Up. In addition, she was a key researcher on the quasi-experimental Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, the deputy project director for the Evaluation of Labor Market Information Improvement Grants, and a researcher for the Evaluation of Workforce Investment Act Waivers. Besides her primary research, Berk has provided technical assistance to state and local human service agencies to help them design short experimental evaluations to improve program effectiveness.
Previously, Berk worked as a research analyst at the Urban Institute. Her work has been published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
Looking to the Future: Job Corps External Review
The study is looking at structural and service delivery changes to enhance Job Corps, the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth ages 16 through 24. The review builds on prior rigorous research demonstrating that the Job Corps has promise.
Helping At-Risk Youth: Evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program aims to improve the education, life skills, and employment potential of these dropouts. In this evaluation, a rigorous random assignment study will determine the program’s effectiveness by measuring changes in participants’ outcomes, and an implementation study...
Analytic and Technical Support for Education Researchers and Practitioners
Mathematica provides analytic and technical support for the Regional Educational Laboratories as well as the general education community to systematically assess and create materials and training to advance education research and share best practices.