Study Details for:
Rynell, Amy and Kristy Beachy-Quick (2003). Transitional Community Jobs, Chicago, Illinois: A summary report of the program and its outcomes, Chicago, IL: Catholic Charities and Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights.

Study URL: http://www.issuelab.org/resource/transitional_community_jobs_a_summary_report_on_the_program_and_its_outcomes (Link not working?)

Evaluation: Catholic Charities Transitional Community Jobs (TCJ) program

Program Studied: Transitional Community Jobs
See Study Characteristics tab below for more information about this program.

Strength of Evidence: 3-Low Low (1 of 3)

Populations Targeted Long-term welfare recipients, Unemployed, Welfare population
Setting Urban only
Services Provided Subsidized employment or transitional jobs, Work experience, Work readiness activities

Findings

This study had a low evidence rating and the review has little confidence that its reported effects can be attributed to the approach it tested, so findings from this study are not listed.

Study Characteristics

Group Formation The Illinois Department of Human Services referred unemployed, long-term recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families who were available to work to the Transitional Community Jobs program, in which prospective participants underwent an intake process focused on barriers to employment, educational background, and current substance use. The program referred people with substance abuse problems to treatment, while the remaining prospective participants began the employment services component of the program.

After completing the employment services component, the program placed some participants in subsidized jobs. The authors do not specify how these participants were selected but note that "evaluators formed these groups after assessing service utilization patterns in order to best assess the impact of the subsidized job on employment and other outcomes."
Strength of Evidence Description Low; the study uses a quasi-experimental design, but did not establish that the treatment and comparison groups were alike before the study began, and did not use any statistical controls to adjust for the employment and earnings history of people in the study.