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Design Options for an Evaluation of TANF Job Search Assistance

Peck, Laura R., Stephen, H. Bell, Jacob Alex Klerman, and Randall Juras


June 15, 2015
This report presents the results of a 15-month evaluation design effort funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation to develop options for a rigorous evaluation of the impact of Job Search Assistance (JSA) services on low-income workers. A partner report reviews current JSA programs and evidence on their effectiveness. The report presents a logic model as a foundation for specifying research questions for an evaluation. Though many important research questions exist, the report recommends focusing on the differential impact of JSA program variants on short-term earnings. Learning about the relative effectiveness of program components has the potential to inform program improvement and efficiencies, and the report argues that short-term earnings is the most policy relevant outcome. 
North America