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Case management models for pre- and post-release employment services

Individual Author: 
Gutierrez, Ivette

The LEAP grants sought to create a stronger linkage between pre- and post-release employment services for justice-involved individuals. Case management—coordinating services for and working directly with clients—is an important aspect of that linkage. In the LEAP sites, interactions with case managers played a role in shaping participants’ experiences with employment services in the jail, and their engagement.

Psychometric analyses of child outcome measures with American Indian and Alaska Native preschoolers: Initial evidence from AI/AN FACES 2015

Individual Author: 
Malone, Lizabeth
Bernstein, Sara
Atkins-Burnett, Sally
Xue, Yange


AI/AN FACES 2015 is the first national study of Region XI AI/AN Head Start children and their families, classrooms, and programs. To date, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a major source of descriptive information on Head Start and preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old who attend the program. FACES gathers data from Regions I-X, the 10 geographically based Head Start regions, with the most recent round conducted in 2014.

Implementation and outcomes of competency-based education in three community colleges: Findings from the comprehensive evaluation of a TAACCCT grant (executive summary)

Individual Author: 
Person, Ann E.
Thomas, Jaime
Goble, Lisbeth

Competency-based education models allow students to move through material independently, advancing when they demonstrate content mastery. Proponents of competency-based approaches view them as a potential solution to student demand for flexible, career-relevant programs and to employer demand for skilled workers. This executive summary presents findings from the comprehensive evaluation of online, competency-based information technology programs offered by a consortium of three community colleges under a grant from the U.S.

The SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers™ demonstration pilot in Utah: Interim evaluation report, executive summary

Individual Author: 
Denny-Brown, Noelle
Livermore, Gina
Shenk, Marisa
Morris, Eric

The SourceAmerica Pathways to Careers™ (Pathways) initiative relies upon state-of-the-art employment strategies to enable people with significant disabilities to have an informed choice of competitive, integrated, full-wage employment options that match their individual skills, interests, and abilities. In this report, we document the activities of the pilot Pathways project in Utah and the experiences of participants from the time this pilot project launched in May 2012 through December 2016, the fourth full year of implementation. During that time, the project enrolled 91 participants.

Superutilization of child welfare, Medicaid, and other services

Individual Author: 
Weigensberg, Elizabeth
Cornwell, Derekh
Leininger, Lindsey
Stagner, Matthew
LeBarron, Sarah
Gellar, Jonathan
MacIntyre, Sophie
Chapman, Richard
Maher, Erin J.
Pecora, Peter J.
O'Brien, Kirk

Mathematica and Casey Family Programs have published the final report from a project linking child welfare and Medicaid data to conduct analyses to understand types of high service use and to identify factors predictive of high service use among children in foster care. The study identifies distinct types of high service users and how both child welfare and Medicaid data can be used to predict which children may be likely to experience high degrees of placement instability.

Finding a way: How income instability affects low income families

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Mathematica Policy Research

This video explains how income instability affects families’ every day lives. It highlights opportunities for policymakers and program administrators to promote greater income stability and mobility through income support programs. The video proposes that policymakers and program administrators consider changes to eligibility determination and recertification procedures to promote stable incomes and reduce the cost of program administration. 

Using behavioral insights to strengthen labor programs: Lessons learned

Individual Author: 
Lefkowitz, Jaclyn
Darling, Matthew
Chojnacki, Gregory
Perez-Johnson, Irma
Amin, Samia
Manley, Mikia

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Behavioral Interventions (DOL-BI) project adds to a growing body of evidence indicating that relatively small changes in how programs operate can lead to striking improvements in their performance. In three trials that tested applications of behavioral science, the project team found substantial benefits for three DOL programs. We have published detailed technical reports on the design and findings of each trial. This brief focuses on the lessons learned by the team as it identified opportunities for behavioral trials and implemented each one.

Using behavioral insights to improve take-up of a reemployment program: Trial design and findings

Individual Author: 
Darling, Matthew
O'Leary, Christopher
Perez-Johnson, Irma
Lefkowitz, Jaclyn
Kline, Ken
Damerow, Ben
Eberts, Randall
Amin, Samia
Chojnacki, Greg

This report presents findings from Mathematica’s behavioral insights study conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) program in Michigan. This report presents our findings on the effects of emails designed to encourage UI claimants to (1) schedule and attend REA sessions with Michigan Works! Southwest and (2) persist in efforts that will help them succeed in their job search efforts following REA program completion. Key findings include:

Improving outcomes among employment program participants through goal attainment: A conceptual framework

Individual Author: 
Anderson, Mary Anne
Kauff, Jacqueline F.
Cavadel, Elizabeth W.

Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are increasingly interested in the role that self-regulation and goal attainment may play in the ability of low-income adults to get and keep a job. Findings from three broad areas of research fuel this interest. The first suggests that setting and pursuing goals, which can foster positive outcomes in a variety of contexts, requires the ability to self-regulate emotions, thoughts, and behavior (Deci and Ryan, 2000).

The effects of a criminal record on employment, welfare participation, and health: A model of long-run behaviors and outcomes when lagged variables are missing non-randomly

Individual Author: 
Fu, Ning
Gilleskie, Donna B,
Kneipp, Shawn
Schwartz, Todd
Sheely, Amanda

The authors study the collateral consequences of women's criminal records on their future employment, welfare participation, and health outcomes. We jointly estimate dynamic structural equations for life-cycle behaviors (employment, school enrollment, and welfare receipt), criminal offenses, and general and mental health outcomes using a cohort of disadvantaged women surveyed at five non-uniform intervals over thirteen years.