Evaluation of Linking Innovation, Knowledge & Employment Program

Official Title
Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) Project
Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Imperial County - California
10/2012 – 10/2016
Workforce Development
Impact Evaluations
Process Evaluations
Mixed Method Evaluations
Outcome Evaluations
Riverside County Economic Development Agency
Analysis and Validation
Applied Econometrics
Cost-benefit Analysis
Data Modeling
Data Visualization
Focus Groups
In-depth Interviews
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
Quasi-experimental Impact Evaluations

IMPAQ quantified the impact of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) program. It is a workforce development program designed to address skill gaps and provide educational and employment services to disconnected young adults between 18 and 24.

We used a mixed-methods approach to evaluate @LIKE’s effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. This included a quasi-experimental impact evaluation to test programs’ effectiveness in improving educational and employment outcomes, such as receiving a GED or high school diploma and finding unsubsidized employment.

We compared outcomes between a treatment group and a comparison group not enrolled in @LIKE but receiving services under Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act programs. We are also analyzed costs and benefits to determine if there is a net benefit on participants and the society which will have a bearing on the program’s sustainability.

We have demonstrated experience conducting similar evaluations of workforce service delivery programs. This includes completing evaluations using a quasi-experimental approach to examine program impacts and perform process and implementation studies and cost-benefit analyses. These include our Workforce Investment Act Net Impact Evaluation (for the US Department of Labor), Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions/Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Regional Funding Collaborative/Workforce Partnerships, and the Green Jobs and Healthcare Implementation Study (also for the US Department of Labor). We are also performing evaluations of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and the SkillSource Group of Northern Virginia Workforce Innovation Fund grant programs.

Our team included senior researchers and analysts with years of experience in mixed methods research and survey design and sampling.