Illinois

Brief

Lessons for Practitioners

September, 2013

Too many low-income, college-ready students enroll in colleges for which they are academically overqualified or don’t go to college at all. This brief offers five strategies from MDRC’s College Match Program in Chicago for practitioners interested in helping high school students make the best college match possible.

Adverse birth outcomes result in significant emotional and economic costs for families and communities. One promising avenue for helping expectant women is home visiting programs, which work with parents to promote prenatal care and improve infant health. The Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation-Strong Start (MIHOPE-Strong Start...

Report

Final Impact and Implementation Findings from the Foundations of Learning Demonstration in Newark and Chicago

January, 2013
Pamela Morris, Chrishana M. Lloyd, Megan Millenky, Nicole Leacock, Cybele Raver, Michael Bangser

Intensive professional development and in-class support for preschool teachers produced more positive teacher-student interactions, more effective management of challenging behaviors, less problem behavior, higher engagement in learning, and more instruction time. However, there was no clear effect on short-term academic achievement, and the long-term effects on children remain uncertain.

Working Paper

An Analysis of the Interaction among Quality-of-Life Indicators from the New Communities Program Evaluation

June, 2012
Sonya Williams, George Galster, Nandita Verma

This paper explores analytic methods that assess the rate at which changes in neighborhood quality of life occur. It looks at correlations among quality indicators over time and the effect of both neighborhood context and conditions beyond the neighborhood, like the Great Recession, identifying which indicators are predictors of others.

Report

Policy Engagement and Systems Change in the New Communities Program

June, 2012
Robert Chaskin, Mikael Karlström

This report describes the efforts of four local agencies in a comprehensive community initiative (CCI) in Chicago, exploring their engagement with policy issues to improve their neighborhoods. It considers this CCI’s potential for working more actively to change the larger systems that shape neighborhoods, with implications for CCIs nationwide.

Report

Lessons from the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) Project

April, 2012

Many recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals find or keep jobs for a while, but far fewer remain steadily employed and advance in the labor market. This report describes results and draws lessons from rigorous evaluations of 12 programs seeking to improve employment retention and advancement among low-wage workers.

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.

Report

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.

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.

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