Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs

Program basics

  • Supportive services aimed to increase participants' employment and earnings
  • All participants receive online job search assistance and information about specific careers
  • Participants can also receive job searching help, career counseling, career assessments, short-term vocational training, and case management
  • A third tier of participants receives individualized job training

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Promising (Third-highest tier)

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Promising (Third-highest tier)

Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs are not yet in any of the major clearinghouses, but have demonstrated positive results in an independent, high-quality evaluation conducted by Mathematica


Target population

Low- and moderate-income adults

Program cost

Approximately $250 per participant

Implementation locations

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Increased earnings by $7,132 within 30 months
  • Increased credential receipt by 9 percentage points

Keys to successful implementation

  • Prioritize recruitment of employers, especially those willing to provide on-the-job training.
  • Provide a suite of welcoming services, including a staff member to greet each new client as they arrive; group or individual orientation; and access to a computer lab or resource room.
  • Help participants focus their job searches through basic skills tests and aptitude and interest tests, in addition to in-person assessments based on conversations about a participant’s needs and goals.
  • Use demonstrated participant motivation (such as resume improvement, workshop attendance, and job search efforts) as a primary criterion for receiving individualized, intensive services from a career counselor.
  • Fund occupation-specific training for participants to earn necessary professional certifications; given the substantial cost of such programs, prioritize offering training funding to those who have clearly demonstrated an interest in a specific field and have visited training programs already.
  • Offer frequent professional development workshops focused on broadly needed skills, such as how to use employer-demanded computer programs.
  • Reimburse participants for costs that may otherwise create barriers, including books, supplies, tools, uniforms, and transportation.

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