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Evaluation of Oakland Unite: Year 1 Strategy Report
- Adult life coaching agencies consistently target the population recommended by Oakland Unite and staff’s descriptions of their work were highly consistent with the life coaching model presented in the Oakland Unite trainings and best practices for intensive case management.
- Participating in adult life coaching decreases the likelihood of arrest for a violent offense in the six months after enrollment by 1 percentage point, relative to a comparison group. There are no differences in the likelihood of arrest for any offense or a gun offense between the adult life coaching group and the comparison group. Agencies report that 27 percent of participants reach employment training milestones and 32 percent are placed in jobs following participation in the program.
- All employment and education support service agencies provide structured supports to participants to address the largest challenges to employment stability—housing and personal barriers such as anger management.
- Participating in adult EESS decreases the likelihood of arrest for any offense in the six months after enrollment by 6 percentage points. Participation also decreases the likelihood of a violent offense by 1 percentage point, but there is no difference in the likelihood of arrest for a gun offense between the adult EESS group and the comparison group. Exploratory analyses suggest these effects are concentrated among participants with no prior arrests. Agencies report that almost 40 percent of adult EESS participants are placed in jobs.
Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Violence: Evaluation of Oakland Unite
City of Oakland