Study Details for:
Decker, Paul, Robert Olsen, Lance Freeman, and Daniel Klepinger (2000). Assisting Unemployment Insurance claimants: The long-term impacts of the Job Search Assistance Demonstration, Washington, DC: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. [ IJSA+ DC]

Study URL: http://wdr.doleta.gov/owsdrr/00-2/00-02.pdf (Link not working?)

Evaluation: Job Search Assistance (JSA) Demonstration

Program Studied: Job Search Assistance Demonstration—Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training [ IJSA+]
See Study Characteristics tab below for more information about this program.

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

Populations Targeted Unemployed
Setting Urban only
Services Provided Case management, Training, Work readiness activities
Outcome Domains Examined Short-term employment, Long-term employment, Short-term earnings, Long-term earnings, Short-term benefit receipt, Long-term benefit receipt

Findings

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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Employment in the 6th quarter after the initial UI claim, %
Unadjusted mean = 46.5 Unadjusted mean = 45.5 1.1 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA+ versus control groups in the District of Columbia 4,015 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 6 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Employment in the 10th quarter after the initial UI claim, %
Unadjusted mean = 43.9 Unadjusted mean = 43.7 0.2 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA+ versus control groups in the District of Columbia 3,527 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 10 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Earnings in the 6th quarter after the initial UI claim, $
Unadjusted mean = 2,176 Unadjusted mean = 2,070 106 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA+ versus control groups in the District of Columbia 4,015 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 6 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

Earnings in the 10th quarter after the initial UI claim, $
Unadjusted mean = 2,204 Unadjusted mean = 2,153 50 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA+ versus control groups in the District of Columbia 3,527 UI claimants UI wage records for the first 10 quarters after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

UI benefits received, year 1, $
Unadjusted mean = 4,198 Unadjusted mean = 4,236 -37 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA+ versus control groups in the District of Columbia 4,023 UI claimants UI claims records for the year after the initial UI claim
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Outcome Treatment Group Comparison Group Impact Findings Strength of Evidence Study Sample Sample Size Data Source and Timing

UI benefits received, year 2, $
Unadjusted mean = 586 Unadjusted mean = 571 15 No Effect 1-High High (3 of 3) IJSA+ versus control groups in the District of Columbia 4,023 UI claimants UI claims records for the two years after the initial UI claim

Study Characteristics

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Participant Detail Unemployment Insurance claimants eligible for the demonstration in the District of Columbia were slightly more likely to be female than male (55 percent) and most likely to be black (83 percent). At the start of the study, 15 percent of people in the study did not have a high school diploma. A majority (57 percent) had been employed in services industries. Before the study, 59 percent had been employed in clerical or sales occupations, and 62 percent had been employed in their previous job for fewer than three years.
Program Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to participate in an orientation and a one-on-one assessment interview. During the interview, program staff developed a service plan to address the claimant's needs; the plan’s demonstration-specific services, such as aptitude and interest testing, attending a job search workshop, or additional counseling, were mandatory. In addition, a special effort was made to enroll interested claimants in training through coordination with local Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Act staff.
Program Duration On average, Unemployment Insurance claimants in the demonstration treatment groups completed services in 62 days after their Unemployment Insurance benefit year began.
Comparison Services Unemployment Insurance claimants were required to fulfill the usual requirements in the District of Columbia to continue receiving unemployment compensation benefits. They could receive any services available in the community.
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Strength of Evidence Description High
Group Formation Evaluators determined who was eligible for the demonstration through a two-stage screening process that first identified Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants who were permanently separated from their previous job and then selected the claimants who were mostly likely to exhaust their UI benefits. The evaluators then randomly assigned eligible claimants to one of three treatment groups—Structured Job Search Assistance (SJSA), Individualized Job Search Assistance (IJSA), or Individualized Job Search Assistance with Training (IJSA+)—or to a control group. This review focuses on comparisons of the IJSA+ treatment to the control condition in Washington, DC.
Effect Calculation The effects reported by the authors and displayed on this site are the raw mean differences between the groups.
Notes on Reported Outcomes The study also reports weeks of UI benefits received during the benefit year, rate of UI exhaustion, percentage employed in each of the first 9 quarters, earnings in each of the first 9 quarters, and hourly wages in post- UI job.
Subgroups Studied Race/ethnicity; sex; initial education level
Other Domains Examined None
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Setting Details Demonstration participants were selected randomly from among all eligible claimants in Washington, DC, and served in a single office.
Timing of Study June 1995 to June 1996
Study Funding The funder for the study was the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Unemployment Insurance Service.
Study URL http://wdr.doleta.gov/owsdrr/00-2/00-02.pdf