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.
- Program evaluation
- Quantitative and qualitative data collection
- Systematic evidence reviews
- Human Services
- Early Childhood
Jillian Stein is passionate about building evidence to advance equity, empower people, and improve public well-being. Since joining Mathematica in 2006, Stein has worked on projects in various areas, including workforce development, juvenile and criminal justice, early childhood, and education. The majority of her work focuses on evaluating programs and policies that affect people who have been involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
From an early age, Stein recognized how systemic inequality unfairly shaped the lives of people and communities. Her desire to disrupt systemic inequity through policy led her to pursue a master's degree in social work. During her time at Mathematica, Stein returned to school and completed a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her doctoral research focused on how the quality of employment relates to the avoidance of repeat contact with the justice system.
Currently, she is the deputy project director for a study assessing the implementation and impacts of the Pathway Home grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Pathway Home program provides linked, employment-focused reentry services to people returning to the community after incarceration. This project builds on a prior evaluation of the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program (LEAP). One of Stein's favorite aspects of the Pathway Home project is the participation of an advisory group of people with lived experience in the justice system, whose deep insights are helping shape the study's design and execution.
Evaluation of the Pathway Home Grant Program
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.
Preparing Young People for the Future: Evaluating the Impact of the YouthBuild Program
We are designing and implementing surveys of grantees and youth to evaluate impacts, costs, and operation of this program that helps young people learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets, such as community centers and schools.
Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES)
The Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) is designed to be a rich source of data describing the experiences of children and their families in Early Head Start.
Addressing the Critical Needs of Youth Offenders: Evaluating the Impacts of Grant-Funded Programs
This study examines a new Department of Labor (DOL)-funded program that combines promising workforce strategies (career pathways) with promising juvenile justice strategies (expungement and diversion services).