Back to work: testing reemployment services for displaced by Howard S. Bloom

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Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Professor Bloom is an evaluation research methodologist and has published numerous studies of employment and training programs. S. Congressional Budget Office and the National Commission for Employment Policy. Currently he is co-principal investigator for the National JTPA Study, one of the largest randomized field experiments ever conducted in the social sciences. Page vii SUMMARY Back to Work: Testing Reemployment Services for Displaced Workers presents lessons learned from the Texas Worker Adjustment Demonstration, a 2,192-person randomized experimental evaluation of reemployment programs for displaced workers conducted at three Texas sites during 198485.

How were differences across sites related to their industrial and occupational mix, the nature and source of their economic displacement, and the types of community services that were available? What was the program's impact on future employment, earnings and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits? How did this impact vary by type of participant? To what extent, if any, did retraining add to the impact of job-search assistance, and what were the costs of services provided? Phase 1 of the demonstration began in 1983, with a TDCA request for proposals to conduct local programs in targeted areas throughout Texas.

Instead, its participants had to generate five job contacts and relate their experiences to other Page 15 job-search workshop members. After the workshop, participants were encouraged to visit program officeswhich were open dailyto review job listings on microfiche. In addition, they were urged to contact their assigned counselor/job developer at least twice a week. 4 indicates that Tier II at TEC/HCC focused overwhelmingly on classroom training, Tier II at SER/JOBS focused overwhelmingly on OJT, and Tier II at SEE reflected an even mix of these activities.

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