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Issue Brief

Using Assessments to Serve Disconnected Young Adults under WIOA

Title
Using Assessments to Serve Disconnected Young Adults under WIOA
Date
February 2016
Author(s)
Timothy Griffith, MS, Sonam Gupta, Ph.D., Zachary Miller, MPA, James Moore, Ph.D., Lori Strumpf, M.Ed., ABA
Market
Workforce Development
Practice Areas
Child Labor, Youth & Workforce Development - OLD
Career Pathways and Sector Partnerships
Services
Impact Evaluations
Outcome Evaluations
Applied Research Studies
Implementation Services
Methodologies
Cost-benefit Analysis
Focus Groups

Since the passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, there has been a breadth of literature related to effective strategies in serving youth and young adults through the public workforce system.

More evidence based data are needed to inform stakeholders on how best achieve the expanded WIOA youth requirements. As with any new legislation, the public workforce system is enduring a period of transition and is working to align systems and processes with WIOA.

IMPAQ’s evaluation of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) program, a Southern California based youth program can provide the workforce system with values insight in how to meet the updated youth service provisions required.

@LIKE serves young adults age 18 to 24, disconnected from school and work for at least 90 days, and face additional barriers (e.g., being an ex-offender; receiving public assistance; being low-income, gang-involved, and/or a recently separated veteran).

This issue brief focuses on the participant assessment strategies used by the @LIKE program.

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