National Experimental Evaluation of Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs: Study Highlights

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Jun 30, 2017
Kenneth Fortson, Dana Rotz, Paul Burkander, Annalisa Mastri, Peter Schochet, Linda Rosenberg, Sheena McConnell, and Ronald D'Amico

Key highlights from the national experimental evaluation of the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs include:

  • Job seekers offered individualized staff assistance through the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs earned about $7,100 (or 20 percent) more over the 30 months after they were found eligible for the services.
  • Taxpayers also benefitted because the increased taxes paid on the higher earnings offset the cost of the intensive services.
  • The evidence on training was inconclusive but suggests it was not effective.
  • Many of the changes made by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added flexibility for local areas to continue offering services in ways they were already heading.