Employment Coaching Program Snapshots

May 16, 2019
Topics:
Self-Sufficiency, Welfare & Employment
Projects:
Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations, 2016-2021 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports
Coaching Snapshots Page
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Introduction

Together with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families, Mathematica and its partners Abt Associates and MDRC are examining the effectiveness of using coaches to help low-income individuals work toward self-sufficiency through the Evaluation of Employment Coaching for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Related Populations. The coaching programs participating in the evaluation implement distinct approaches to employment coaching, as described in these four program snapshots:

Purpose

These program snapshots describe each program participating in the evaluation, including its objectives, its approach to employment coaching, its target population, its location, the characteristics of the coaches, and the other services provided. The program snapshots are intended to inform interested policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders about the programs participating in the evaluation.

Highlights

The programs participating in the Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations include:

  • Iowa’s Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program provides TANF recipients coaching during home visits and is operated by local agencies throughout the state.
  • Goal4 It!TM, in Jefferson County, Colorado, is an employment coaching intervention designed by Mathematica and partners. The Colorado Works TANF program in Jefferson County is piloting Goal4 It!TM for work-eligible TANF recipients as an alternative to its current case management approach.
  • LIFT, a nonprofit organization, provides career and financial coaching to low-income parents and caregivers of young children. The coaches are student volunteers pursuing master’s degrees in social work. The program is being evaluated in New York, NY; Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles, CA.
  • MyGoals for Employment Success, designed by MDRC and partners, is an approach to employment coaching being piloted in Baltimore, MD and Houston, TX. The program assists clients with employment and career management; education and training; financial management; and personal and family well-being.

Methods

The evaluation team developed the program snapshots based on site visits, program materials, and conversations with program staff.

Citations

Joyce, Kristen and Sheena McConnell (2019). “FaDSS program snapshot.” OPRE Report #2019-58. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Joyce, Kristen and Sheena McConnell (2019). “Goal4 It!TM program snapshot.” OPRE Report #2019-59. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Joyce, Kristen and Sheena McConnell (2019). “LIFT program snapshot.” OPRE Report #2019-60. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Joyce, Kristen and Sheena McConnell (2019). “MyGoals program snapshot.” OPRE Report #2019-61. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last Reviewed: May 13, 2019