Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration (STED), 2010-2020

Project Overview

This project will evaluate subsidized and transitional employment approaches for critical low-income populations, potentially including welfare recipients and low-income non-custodial parents. The project will examine subsidized employment strategies designed to address two distinct goals: (1) provide work-based income support for people who are not able to find regular, unsubsidized jobs; and 2) to improve the employability of disadvantaged groups. These strategies build upon approaches that have demonstrated empirical effectiveness in previous studies, test new and innovative interventions designed to demonstrate promising program components, and adapt to current policy environments at the federal, state, and local levels.

The project began with a short-term analysis of what is known about existing or previous approaches to subsidized employment, including transitional jobs, especially within the context of current TANF policies and requirements as well as efforts under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Eight sites are participating in STED:

  • Goodwill of North Georgia (Atlanta, GA) (DOL Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration grantee)
  • Office of Economic and Workforce Development (San Francisco, CA) (DOL Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration grantee).
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
  • San Francisco City and County Agency for Human Services
  • New York City Center for Economic Opportunity
  • Bridges & Pathways (Chicago DFSS)
  • Minnesota Subsidized Employment Program
  • Paycheck Plus (Atlanta, GA)

Random assignment is ongoing in all sites. Over the next year, the STED team will continue random assignment, and data collection will continue with the in-program survey and, where appropriate, the 12-month follow-up. A summary report outlining the seven STED programs and five additional ETJD programs will be released in late 2015. The goal of this evaluation is to increase our knowledge about the efficacy of subsidized employment programs.

The evaluation is being conducted MDRC and its subcontractors, Branch Associates, Decision Information Resources (DIR) and MEF Associates.

The point of contact is Girley Wright.

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