Illinois

Report

An Introduction to the Employment Retention and Advancement Project

February, 2002
Dan Bloom, Jacquelyn Anderson, Melissa Wavelet, Karen Gardiner, Michael Fishman

Welfare reform has resulted in millions of low-income parents replacing the receipt of public cash assistance with income from employment. But what strategies will help the new workforce entrants find more stable jobs, advance in the labor market, and achieve long-term self-sufficiency? The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) evaluation is a comprehensive effort to explore this urgent public policy question.

Report

Final Report on a Comprehensive Program for Young Mothers in Poverty and Their Children

January, 1997
Janet Quint, Johannes Bos, Denise Polit
Report

Interim Results of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Evaluation

May, 2010
Megan Millenky, Dan Bloom, Colleen Dillon

Interim results from a random assignment evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, an intensive, residential program for high school dropouts, show that young people who had access to ChalleNGe were much more likely than those in the control group to have obtained a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate. They were also somewhat more likely to be working, in college, or enlisted in the military.

Brief

How Welfare and Work Policies Influence Parents’ Decisions

August, 2002
Lisa Gennetian, Aletha Huston, Danielle Crosby, Young Eun Chang, Edward D. Lowe, Thomas S. Weisner

Congressional deliberations on the future of welfare reform have reopened a debate about whether current child care assistance programs adequately support employment among low-income working parents while also fostering their children’s development. Issues at the forefront of this debate are explored in this timely new policy brief.

Brief

Helping Low-Income and First-Generation Students Make Good College Choices

April, 2012
Jay Sherwin

Too many low-income, college-ready students are “undermatching” — enrolling in colleges for which they are academically overqualified or not going to college at all. Early results from the College Match Program in three Chicago high schools suggest that it’s possible to help students navigate the complicated college application process and make more informed decisions.

Report

Final Report on a Program for School Dropouts

October, 1993
George Cave, Johannes Bos, Fred Doolittle, Cyril Toussaint

This report, which completes the JOBSTART Demonstration, addresses issues closely linked to the nation’s ongoing debate about how best to improve the employment and earnings prospects of low-skilled, economically disadvantaged young people, who otherwise live outside the economic mainstream.

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