Mathematica is continuously monitoring this fluid situation, and we are proactively working to minimize any potential impacts on our clients, partners, staff, and the important work that we do together. Learn more.
Self-Employment Training Demonstration
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
The Self-Employment Training (SET) Demonstration, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a random assignment evaluation of an innovative program to help dislocated workers. Specifically, the program helps these workers get back in the labor force by helping them start businesses in their fields of expertise. Its design is based on the available evidence base on business development.
SET was launched in summer 2013 in four metropolitan areas—Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon. Randomly selected participants were given access to free, intensive business development services for up to 12 months, including:
- Training and consultation on self-employment
- Ongoing guidance and support from experienced business development advisers
- Up to $1,000 in microgrant funds
The SET evaluation will provide rigorous evidence on the effectiveness and feasibility of intensive supports for self-employment as a reemployment strategy.
Evidence & Insights From This Project
Can Government Programs Support Self-Employment?
In a study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Mathematica Policy Research explored how states refined their Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs or established new programs.Learn More