Mithuna Srinivasan recently presented a study that evaluated the implementation, impacts, and relative costs and benefits of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) Program.
Srinivasan, M. & Gupta, S. (2017, July). Serving Disconnected Young Adults: Impact Evaluation of the @LIKE Program. Presentation at the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop, Pittsburgh, PA.
Mithuna Srinivasan recently presented the impact evaluation of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) Program. The purpose of this impact evaluation was to evaluate the implementation, impacts, and relative costs and benefits of the @LIKE Program. The @LIKE program is a collaborative effort between three Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) located in Southern California that serves disconnected youth aged 18-24 who are not enrolled in school, working, or serving in the armed forces. The program operates in the tri-county consortium of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties, and provides services in five general areas: Life Coaching, Career Exploration, Education, Employment, and Work Readiness Preparation.
In this presentation, Srinivasan explained the quasi-experimental design, including the Propensity Score Matching method to form the comparison group. Srinivasan also explained that the findings from this evaluation show that @LIKE has a positive and statistically significant impact on the following outcomes: placement in unsubsidized employment, attainment of vocational training, completion of high school/GED, and program completion. This presentation also delved into researchers’ recommendations for future successful implementations in light of these findings.