The goal of this study is to develop design options for evaluating the implementation and impact of the Pathway Home grants. We will use participatory research methods to ensure the evaluation designs are grounded in the experiences of people impacted by the justice system.
- Designing and carrying out evaluations of programs to help a wide range of disadvantaged populations prepare for, find, and retain employment
- Training and Re-employment
- Human Services
Jeanne Bellotti has extensive expertise in designing and conducting evaluations of programs to help disadvantaged populations prepare for, find, and retain employment. Her work includes leadership roles on large-scale implementation, outcomes, cost, and net-impact studies of employment and training programs for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Bellotti currently directs three projects for DOL. The first project, the Reentry Employment Opportunities Evaluation, examines the implementation and impact of DOL’s reentry portfolio of grants aimed at helping to support those with justice involvement in successful reentry to society. The Evaluation of the America’s Promise Job Driven Training Grants, the second project, includes both impact and implementation studies of regional partnership efforts aimed at training workers for high- and middle-skilled career pathways. And the third, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Compliance Officer Training Evaluation, explores the outcomes of training efforts aimed at improving the accuracy and consistency of compliance and compliant investigations. She also recently directed evaluations of Youth CareerConnect, Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release, and Jobs Innovation and Accelerator Challenge Grants.
In addition to her own research, Bellotti is the director of Mathematica’s work related to labor and employment, a role in which she provides oversight and support to the large number of projects and proposals that Mathematica carries out for the U.S. Department of Labor, state workforce agencies, and local workforce boards and service providers. Bellotti routinely presents findings from her studies at DOL and other venues, including the annual research conference for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2010, she briefed staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on findings from the Summer Youth Employment Program. She holds an M.S. in public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.
Evaluation of the Pathway Home Grant Program
Youth CareerConnect Evaluation
The Youth CareerConnect program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth.
Connecting Inmates to Public Workforce Services Prior to Release: The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Grants
This study looks at whether focused activities and increased coordination between the public workforce system and local correctional facilities prior to release may substantially improve employment outcomes for former inmates.
Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grants Evaluation
This evaluation examined implementation, processes, and strategies grantee clusters use to accelerate regional economic development, and whether federal funding and program structure accelerate the creation of high-wage jobs and innovation.
Evaluating the Summer Food for Children Household-Based Demonstrations
Mathematica teamed with Abt Associates, Inc. to test the impact of two approaches for providing food assistance to low-income, school-age children in the summer to reduce child hunger and food insecurity.
Does Priority of Service for Veterans Reduce Unemployment? Priority of Service Provision Under the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002
The U.S. Department of Labor funds workforce development programs to help reduce unemployment among veterans. Mathematica examined the implementation of priority of service provisions in seven American Job Centers.
The Faith-Based Beneficiary Choice Program: A Path to Employment for Young Ex-Offenders
This study evaluated the Beneficiary Choice Contracting Program, a demonstration to help young, recently released ex-offenders get employed and stay free of crime with the help of faith-based and community organizations providing individualized support.
Individual Training Accounts: Testing Models of Paying for Job Training
We conducted the most comprehensive study to date of the long-term impacts of ITA models. Nearly 8,000 job seekers were randomly assigned to one of three models, followed in eight local workforce investment areas, and tracked six to eight years after they were offered training.
Summer Youth Employment Initiative Under the Recovery Act
This implementation evaluation drew on two key data sources: (1) state performance data for all youth participating in services funded by the Recovery Act from May-November 2009; and (2) visits to 20 selected sites that implemented summer youth employment initiatives in 2009.
Project GATE: Growing America Through Entrepreneurship
This demonstration tested ways of helping emerging entrepreneurs create, sustain, and/or expand their existing small business. Project GATE operated in seven urban/rural sites in three states—Maine, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Employment and Training Services to Improve Job Seekers' Success
For 10 years, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) was the major source of public funding for employment and training services in the United States. WIA’s Adult and Dislocated Worker programs provided employment and training for low-income disadvantaged job seekers as well as workers laid off from...