Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families Project (BEES)

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:

May 2020

 

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

Related Resources

Get the latest updates on sites, publications, and the impact of COVID-19 in employment programs from the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-income Families Project, or BEES, in this newsletter.

The Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families Project (BEES) project strengthens 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. Read the May 2020 newsletter.

This paper examines the impetus and existing evidence on programs that integrate employment services with treatment and recovery services for people with opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs). It includes an overview of the nature and recent history of SUDs and their treatment, including the important role that employment can play in recovery, and discusses the factors that historically limited the role of employment services in treatment programs. It also provides a brief review of the limited but promising evidence on the effectiveness of integrating substance use disorder treatment and employment services in improving participants’ employment outcomes.

This paper describes the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, a framework for providing employment services to those facing barriers to work.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a model for helping people who have serious mental illness find employment. There is a good deal of evidence showing the model’s success, but less is known about the model’s effectiveness with those who have other types of disabilities and health conditions, such as physical disabilities or less severe types of mental illness...

The Breaking Barriers program, based in San Diego, California, provided employment services to lower-income individuals with disabilities. 

MDRC carried out a random assignment impact evaluation of the program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, in order to assess the effectiveness of the program at improving employment outcomes for program participants. Findings from that evaluation Visit disclaimer page were released in September 2019...