Design, Sites, and Data Sources
CWBH operated collaboratives in four regions of California with high concentrations of low-income people:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
The research agenda for all four CWBH sites involved two core components. The implementation research sought to determine how well the regional collaboratives implemented the initiative’s key interventions — policy advocacy, community organizing, and employment service provision — in order to secure employment advancements and health improvements for their target communities. The outcomes research examined participation and placement numbers in collaborative-sponsored activities to gauge whether CWBH organizations have been able to build and promote participation in programs to help remove barriers to employment for residents of targeted communities, while also helping to connect these populations to the formal workforce development system and to jobs.
The CWBH evaluation used a nonexperimental research design that employs mixed-methods to collect data for both the implementation and outcomes research. The primary data collection methods included field research, participant tracking, and participant surveys.