Employment Services


Thirty-Month Findings from the Evaluation of the Center for Employment Training Replication Sites

June, 2003
Cynthia Miller, Johannes Bos, Kristin Porter, Fannie M. Tseng, Fred Doolittle, Deana Goldsmith, Mary P. Vencill

Efforts to replicate the experience of the Center for Employment Training in San Jose, California — a uniquely successful program that helped at-risk youth develop skills needed to compete in today’s labor market — showed mixed results.


Telephone Care Management for Medicaid Recipients with Depression, Eighteen Months After Random Assignment

November, 2010
Sue Kim, Allen J. LeBlanc, Pamela Morris, Greg Simon, Johanna Walter

A telephonic care management program increased the use of mental health services by Medicaid recipients with depression, although that effect faded over time. The program did not reduce depression on average, but it did reduce the number of people who suffered from very severe depression.


Early Results from a Telephone Care Management Program for Medicaid Recipients with Depression

August, 2009
Sue Kim, Allen J. LeBlanc, Charles Michalopoulos

Very early results from a random assignment study suggest that Working toward Wellness increased the use of mental health services and had mixed effects on depression severity. Impacts are concentrated among Hispanic participants.

Issue Focus

Will the Past Be Prologue?

November, 2009
Gordon Berlin

In remarks given at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, MDRC President Gordon Berlin looks at the extraordinary challenges the current labor market presents to employment policy generally and WIA reauthorization specifically, outlines what we have (and haven’t) learned from research, and makes recommendations for future directions.


A Synthesis of Research

February, 2009
David H. Greenberg, Victoria Deitch, Gayle Hamilton

Most welfare programs seek to ensure that poor families have adequate income while at the same time encouraging self-sufficiency. Based on studies of 28 programs involving more than 100,000 sample members, this synthesis compares the costs, benefits, and returns on investment of six welfare program strategies – from the perspectives of participants, government budgets, and society as a whole.