Madison Strategies Group (operating the WorkAdvance model)

Program basics

  • Seeks to increase employment and earnings through sector-specific training and support
  • Includes intensive screening, career readiness assessment, and occupational skills training leading to a credential, job development and placement, and potential for retention and advancement
  • Targeted sectors include manufacturing, transportation, accounting, IT, logistics, and health care

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Promising (Third-highest tier)


Promising (Third-highest tier)

Tulsa Community WorkAdvance is not yet in any of the major clearinghouses, but has demonstrated positive results in an independent, high-quality evaluation conducted by MDRC.

Target population

Low- and moderate-income adults

Program cost

$6,032 per participant

Implementation locations

  • Tulsa, OK

Dates active


Outcomes and impact

  • Increased average annual earnings by $787 within 4–8 years

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review.
  • Identify local sectors that demonstrate high current demand for middle- and entry-level jobs, along with significant opportunities for advancement. Confirm that other job training programs are not already working to fill that demand.
  • Prioritize sectors which have the potential for higher wages and better benefits – especially in the long term.
  • Engage with employers in high-demand industries regularly, including soliciting input on specific training and coursework.
  • Training should include both technical and work readiness and advancement skills. In both cases, the training should be as industry-specific as possible.
  • Set reasonable, flexible participant screening criteria to ensure enrollment expectations are fulfilled and participants reflect their communities.
  • Once participants are placed in jobs, maintain regular dialogue with employers to further improve the program and update it to meet a given sector’s changing needs.

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