Job Search Assistance Evaluation, 2013-2018

Project Overview

The Job Search Assistance (JSA) Strategies evaluation features a multi-site, random assignment evaluation to measure the relative impact of specific job search services offered by TANF programs on short-term labor market outcomes such as earnings and time to employment. The evaluation, led by Abt Associates and its partner Mathematica Policy Research, aims to achieve two goals. First, ACF intends for this evaluation to provide information about the relative impacts of various JSA services and the manner in which agencies provide them. A second goal for this evaluation is provide actionable and policy-relevant feedback to the TANF field, including federal TANF policymakers, state and local TANF administrators, and frontline caseworkers.

The JSA evaluation uses a random assignment experimental design and will include an impact and implementation evaluation carried out across several sites.  In addition to administrative data, the study will also include a survey of participants to capture information on intensity and duration of JSA services, how participants found their current job, attitudes and motivations around job search, and barriers to employment.  The project team is currently finalizing site recruitment and developing policy-relevant tests of JSA strategies. 

The points of contact are Erica Zielewski and Carli Wulff.