Erin Jacobs
Valentine
  • MDRC Publications

      Report

      Summary Report on the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

      December, 2018
      Erin Jacobs Valentine, Melanie Skemer, Mark E. Courtney

      This report summarizes an evaluation of a program that helps young people with histories of foster care or juvenile justice custody become independent adults. The program improved earnings, housing stability and economic well-being, and some health and safety outcomes. It did not improve education, social support, or criminal involvement outcomes.

      Report

      Findings from the Changing Attitudes and Motivation in Parolees Pilot Study

      May, 2018
      Erin Jacobs Valentine, Louisa Treskon, Cindy Redcross

      A training program for parole officers in Dallas, Denver, and Des Moines sought to address the persistently high recidivism rates among individuals leaving prison. This study’s results show that officers generally already knew many of the curriculum’s concepts, and changes to their practices were limited.

      Report

      A Study of the Implementation and Impacts of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program

      April, 2017
      Erin Jacobs Valentine, Chloe Anderson, Farhana Hossain, Rebecca Unterman

      This report examines the impacts of the nation’s largest summer youth jobs program — New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) — on young people’s education, employment, and earnings. The analysis uses an experimental design based on SYEP’s randomized lottery application system. The report also describes SYEP’s implementation and participants’ experiences.

      Report

      Two-Year Impact Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

      November, 2016
      Melanie Skemer, Erin Jacobs Valentine

      This study tested a program that offers individualized services to young people who are making the transition from foster care or juvenile justice custody to independent living. The program had modest, positive effects on earnings, housing stability, and economic well-being and improved some health and safety outcomes.

      Report

      Two-Year Impact Report

      May, 2015
      Andrew Wiegand, Jesse Sussell, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Brittany Henderson

      RExO increased the number and types of services received by participants and improved their self-reported labor market outcomes as well. But there is little evidence it had any impacts on recidivism or other outcomes. Further, the impacts on employment, while statistically significant, are quite small in practical terms.

      Report

      One-Year Impact Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

      May, 2015
      Erin Jacobs Valentine, Melanie Skemer, Mark E. Courtney

      This study evaluated a program, called YVLifeSet, that offers individualized services to young people who are making the transition from foster care or juvenile justice custody to independent adulthood. After one year, the program increased earnings, reduced homelessness and material hardship, and improved outcomes related to health and safety.

      Report
      November, 2014
      Thomas Fraker, Arif Mamun, Todd Honeycutt, Allison Thompkins, Erin Jacobs Valentine

      The Youth Transition Demonstration identified and tested service strategies, combined with waivers of certain Social Security Administration program rules to enhance work incentives, to help youth with disabilities maximize their economic self-sufficiency as they transition to adulthood.

      Report

      Implementation Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

      March, 2014
      Michelle S. Manno, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Julianna Alson, Melanie Skemer

      This highly structured program offers clinically focused case management, support, and counseling to youth who are leaving state custody or are otherwise unprepared for independent adult living. It emphasizes treatment planning, ongoing client assessment, and evidence-informed practices. Early findings indicate that it has been implemented well and participation is high.

      Report

      Final Results from the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration

      May, 2012
      Erin Jacobs Valentine

      Transitional jobs programs in four Midwestern cities substantially increased short-term employment by providing jobs to many ex-prisoners who would not otherwise have worked. However, the gains faded as men left the transitional jobs, and the programs did not increase unsubsidized employment nor did they reduce recidivism.

      Brief

      A Preview of the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

      April, 2012
      Sara Muller-Ravett, Erin Jacobs Valentine

      This brief covers one of the largest and most rigorous evaluations of services for youth who are aging out of the foster care and juvenile justice systems. It explains the scope of the problem, summarizes the policy context, describes the program and study sample, and offers preliminary observations from the evaluation.

      Report

      Final Results from a Test of Transitional Jobs and Preemployment Services in Philadelphia

      December, 2011
      Erin Jacobs Valentine, Dan Bloom

      An evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for long-term welfare recipients finds that: (1) transitional jobs substantially increased employment in the short term, but these effects faded after one year, and (2) it is difficult to engage welfare recipients in extensive preemployment services long enough to improve their employability.

      Report

      Eighteen-Month Impacts from the Kansas and Missouri Sites of the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project

      March, 2011
      JoAnn Hsueh, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Mary Farrell

      The report offers implementation and early impact findings from a random assignment evaluation of two Early Head Start programs that were enhanced with formalized services to proactively address parents’ employment, educational, and self-sufficiency needs.

      Report

      One-Year Findings from the Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration

      October, 2010
      Cindy Redcross, Dan Bloom, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Michelle S. Manno, Sara Muller-Ravett, Kristin Seefeldt, Jennifer Yahner, Alford A. Young, Jr., Janine Zweig

      The Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration is testing a program that provides temporary subsidized jobs, support services, and job placement help to former prisoners in four midwestern cities. This report describes how the demonstration was implemented and assesses how the transitional jobs programs affected employment and recidivism during the first year after people entered the project.

      Report

      Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia

      October, 2009
      Dan Bloom, Sarah Rich, Cindy Redcross, Erin Jacobs Valentine, Jennifer Yahner, Nancy Pindus

      Interim results from an evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for long-term welfare recipients show that transitional jobs increase employment and earnings but that it is difficult to successfully engage participants in extensive pre-employment services.

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