Pennsylvania

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.

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

December, 2011

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.

April, 2004
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Stephen Freedman

In MDRC’s study of over 160,000 single-parent welfare recipients, families who repeatedly return to welfare assistance—“cyclers”—were less disadvantaged in the labor market than long-term welfare recipients. At the same time, they were less able than short-term recipients to attain stable employment and to work without welfare.

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