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Michigan Earn and Learn: An Impact, Outcome, and Implementation Evaluation of a Transitional Job and Training Program

May 15, 2015

The State of Michigan, along with private funders, responded to the Great Recession with the Michigan Earn and Learn program, with the goal of creating opportunities for people facing barriers to employment to pursue education and occupational training that could help them get ahead. Though providers struggled to implement the model as designed, Earn and Learn participants demonstrated an impressive unsubsidized employment rate of 77 percent, and both participants and employers involved in the program spoke of the much-needed boost Earn and Learn gave them during a difficult economic time. Impact analyses revealed that comparison group members fared better than Earn and Learn participants on both earnings and employment. Compared to similar past research, however, treatment group members did demonstrate relatively higher rates of employment three and four quarters and after program enrollment, suggesting more long-lasting effects. Overall, lingering group differences, along with the possibility that the two groups differed on unobserved characteristics, may complicate interpretation. This evaluation report of the Michigan Earn and Learn transitional jobs program was commissioned by The Joyce Foundation on behalf of the State of Michigan.

Michigan Earn and Learn: An Outcome & Implementation Evaluation of a Transitional Job and Training Program

April 30, 2014

While the Great Recession introduced unemployment and underemployment to the masses, its significant negative trends aggravated already declining rates of employment in Michigan, particularly among less-educated, young, male, and minority individuals, who were then also hit hardest by the recession. As the nation began to slowly recover after the recession, Michigan continued struggling to find an economic foothold.The State of Michigan, along with private funders, responded with the Michigan Earn and Learn program, with the goal of creating opportunities for people facing barriers to employment to pursue education and occupational training that could help them get ahead. This evaluation report of the Michigan Earn and Learn transitional jobs program was commissioned by The Joyce Foundation on behalf of the State of Michigan.

Asset Building & Financial Security; Education; Employment; Safety Net & Human Services

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