To understand how America’s Promise partnerships implemented their programs and to determine the outcomes and impact of America’s Promise services on participants’ employment and earnings. We conducted an in-depth implementation study, including a grantee survey and site visits and an impact evaluation using a rigorous quasi-experimental design.
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor funded 23 America’s Promise grantees to create and expand regional workforce partnerships—including workforce development agencies, institutions of higher education, economic development agencies, employers, and community-based organizations— aimed at preparing workers for careers in middle- to high-skilled industries and occupations. DOL funded this project to examine the implementation and impact of the grants.
Social Policy Research Associates
U.S. Department of Labor
The America’s Promise grants represent a continuation of DOL’s commitment to supporting sector-based strategies and regional partnerships that meet employers’ needs and prepare American workers for middle- and high-skilled jobs. The America’s Promise grant program encouraged regional partnerships to come together with a commitment—or a “promise”—to create a pipeline of trained workers to address regional labor market needs. To that end, the grants aimed to help prepare job seekers for locally in-demand and high-growth employment by connecting them with classroom training and work-based learning opportunities in addition to supports such as case management, job placement services, and necessary wraparound supportive services. To achieve this goal, the grants required the development of regional workforce partnerships that prioritized employers’ voices in the development of career pathways and associated education and training offerings (U.S. Department of Labor 2016a). In May 2017, DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office contracted with Mathematica and Social Policy Research Associates to conduct an evaluation of the America’s Promise Job-Driven Training grants. The evaluation examines the implementation and impact of grants awarded to 23 organizations.
Evidence & Insights From This Project
Obtaining Administrative Data for DOL Research and Evaluations, Insights from Employment and Training Research
This toolkit aims to help DOL and DOL program evaluators navigate the process of establishing data use agreements to obtain administrative data for the purpose of conducting DOL-funded research and evaluations, and it includes materials to assist with the outreach and negotiation process.Learn More
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