Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3): Four Years After Initial Authorization
U.S. Department of Labor
Chief Evaluation Office
Four years after the initial authorization of the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3), researchers found that:
- The Federal agencies participating in P3 created the interagency systems necessary to award and manage the P3 pilots, but Federal respondents did not anticipate these efforts to last beyond P3.
- The initial cohort of pilots reported that there were benefits to the approved waivers granted as part of P3, specifically in reducing administrative burden and expanding the youth eligibility for the services provided. However, a lack of understanding appeared to limit pilots’ use of P3 flexibilities.
- Two of the initial pilots sought to change their systems serving youth, while other pilots built or enhanced partnerships across education, employment, and other domains.
To help state, local, and tribal communities provide services to disconnected youth more efficiently across multiple federal funding streams, the U.S. Congress (2014) authorized the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (the Act). This paper assesses P3 four years after its initial authorization, and is based on data collected from interviews with Federal agency staff and two rounds of site visits to the nine original pilots, conducted between 2016 and 2018.