U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

JTPA/EDWAA

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TPP

ISSUE DATE

Sept. 2, 1997

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 07-97
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ADMINISTRATORS
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : ROBERT S. KENYON
Acting Administrator
for Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Net Impact Evaluation of the Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance (EDWAA) Program

 

  1. Purpose. To inform States of the Employment and Training Administration's plans for a net impact evaluation of EDWAA.

  2. Background. The Employment and Training Administration has awarded a contract to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey to conduct a net impact evaluation of JTPA title III programs for dislocated workers. The objectives of the evaluation are to estimate the net impact of EDWAA services on the post-program employment and earnings of dislocated workers and to estimate the separate impacts of the two major EDWAA services -- basic readjustment services (BRS) and occupational retraining. The evaluation will be based on a random assignment design. It is anticipated that the evaluation will begin this Fall and involve approximately 30 substate grantees and 10,500 EDWAA applicants.

    The attached "EDWAA Impact Evaluation Design Summary" provides further information on ETA's plans and discusses the major design issues which must be resolved in the next few months. Among the more important issues are:

    1. Should activities funded through the National Reserve or the Governor's reserve and rapid response be included in or excluded from the evaluation?

    2. Is it possible to measure the net impact of basic readjustment services provided under EDWAA? That is, do EDWAA-funded basic readjustment services differ in quality and/or quantity from similar services available to dislocated workers from non-EDWAA sources?

    3. Where in the EDWAA intake process should random assignment be performed?

    4. What factors are likely to affect substate grantees' ability to participate in the evaluation?

    5. How should the evaluation treat dislocated workers who are referred to EDWAA as a result of worker profiling or through one-stop career centers?

  3. Inquiries. Questions and comments should be addressed to Daniel Ryan, Office of Policy and Research, Employment and Training Administration, U. S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20210 by September 12, 1997.

  4. Attachment. "EDWAA Impact Evaluation Design Summary" prepared by Mathematica Policy Research