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RCT (planning phase) to evaluate the Per Scholas workforce training program expansion

This project is the planning phase of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the Per Scholas workforce training program in information technology for low-income adults as delivered at scale in “expansion” sites.

Grant Recipient: Economic Mobility Corporation

Term: 2018 –2019

Principal Investigators: Anne Roder, Ph.D., Economic Mobility Corporation
Mark Elliott, Economic Mobility Corporation

Funding: $93,637

Summary: This project is the planning phase of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the Per Scholas workforce training program in information technology for low-income adults as delivered at scale in “expansion” sites. In two prior, well-conducted RCTs in Per Scholas’ home location in the Bronx, the program was found to produce earnings gains of about 30% ($4,000-$5,000 annually) two to three years after random assignment. In the planning phase of this new study, Mobility will work with Per Scholas to select two expansion sites (from among four candidate sites) to take part in the RCT and to finalize the evaluation design. Site selection will be determined based on factors such as fidelity of program implementation at the site, the site’s ability to recruit a sufficiently large sample, and site capacity to participate in the RCT. During the planning phase, Mobility will also submit a proposal to LJAF for the full RCT, which will enroll a sample of 1,400 (700 at each site) and measure employment and earnings effects three years after random assignment.

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