Implementing Employment Programs to Support Reentry: Lessons from the 2018 and 2019 Reentry Project Grants
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office
- All grantees had prior experience providing education or training programs and nearly all had prior experience serving reentry populations.
- Despite their outreach efforts and enrollment of 15,000 young adult and adult participants across 34 states, more than two-thirds of RP grantees reported challenges recruiting participants.
- Case management was an integral component of program service delivery.
- RP grantees often relied on pre-existing connections with local employers while also working to facilitate partnerships with new employers in their target industries to support job placement.
This implementation report describes the programs and services implemented by intermediary and community-based organizations under Reentry Project (RP) grants. The report draws on data from four sources: a survey administered to all 2017, 2018, and 2019 grantees, information reported by grantees in the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS) database, virtual site visits to 27 of the RP funded programs, and grant documents along with other program materials grantees submitted to DOL about implementation plans. The report focuses on grantee survey findings and analysis of data from WIPS for 2018 and 2019 grantees.