2017 - 2024
The purpose of this project is to strengthen ACF’s understanding of effective interventions aimed at supporting low-income individuals to find jobs, advance in the labor market, and improve their economic security.
Intended to build on previous research on the effectiveness of various employment strategies, the BEES project will fund rigorous evaluations of promising programs serving recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program or other similarly low-income families who are not receiving TANF cash assistance. In addition, BEES will prioritize evaluations of programs that are state-initiated and programs that serve adults whose employment prospects have been affected by opioid use disorder, other substance use disorders, or mental health conditions. In addition, the project has partnered with the Social Security Administration to evaluation employment-related interventions targeting individuals with current or foreseeable disabilities who have limited work history and are at risk of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Ultimately, the goal of the project is to strengthen ACF’s understanding of evidence-supported programs that are effective in improving employment and economic security.
ACF’s Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation is overseeing the project in collaboration with ACF’s Office of Family Assistance. MDRC is the lead contractor; their partners include Abt Associates and MEF Associates.
BEES News and Updates:
Point(s) of contact: Megan Reid.
This study has registered the following impact evaluations on the AEA Randomized Control Trials (RCT) Registry:
- Addiction Recovery Care
- Breaking Barriers San Diego
- Central City Concern
Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under OMB #0970-0537. Related materials are available at the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families (BEES) Project page on RegInfo.gov.
The most currently approved documents are accessible by clicking on the ICR Ref. No. with the most recent conclusion date. To access the information collections (E.g. interviews, surveys, protocols), click on View Information Collection (IC) List. Click on View Supporting Statement and Other Documents to access other supplementary documents.
Information collections related to this project have also been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under ACF’s Generic Clearances. Related materials are available at the following pages on RegInfo.gov:
Formative Data Collections for ACF Research (OMB #0970-0356)
- Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families Generic Clearance