Early Experiences of the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3): Cohort 1 Pilots
U.S. Department of Labor
Chief Evaluation Office
As pilots sought to implement the flexibilities afforded them, the following findings emerged:
- Pilots that were starting to make system changes were led by state or local agencies that frequently convened and coordinated with local youth-serving organizations. These lead pilot agencies were able to bring together partners from across different program areas, such as education and labor.
- All pilots brought together a diverse set of partners. Pilots indicated that government and community partners were willing to work across their different program areas, such as education and labor, to coordinate their youth-related services.
- Not all leaders of pilots’ grantees and their partners had a full understanding of the available flexibilities. They reported that a clearer understanding was important for pilots to pull together existing funding streams to support the youth intended for services and to remove other programmatic barriers that limit how these funds support youth-related services.
- Five pilots had proposed in their applications to create shared data systems, but, in the first year, none accomplished this goal, largely due to logistical and privacy concerns. Indeed, two decided not to pursue shared systems, and three reported that they were continuing local discussions to develop such systems. In the meantime, for purposes of P3, all pilots developed work-arounds to share data about their participants and for reporting.
To assess assess the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3), Federal agencies sponsored a five-year national evaluation, under the direction of the Department of Labor, Chief Evaluation Office. The contracted evaluators, Mathematica and its partner Social Policy Research Associates, have undertaken an implementation evaluation of P3. Using data from the evaluation’s implementation study, this paper reflects on the early experiences of the nine pilots awarded grants in 2015. The data primarily comes from interviews conducted in spring and summer 2017 with pilot administrators, staff, and partners.