New Visions Self-Sufficiency and Lifelong Learning Project was a college bridge program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients that aimed to provide them with educational skills necessary for longer term academic success, foster lifelong learning, and promote job advancement.

New Visions Self-Sufficiency and Lifelong Learning Project was a college bridge program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients that aimed to provide them with educational skills necessary for longer term academic success, foster lifelong learning, and promote job advancement.

Participants in New Visions worked at least 20 hours a week, had a high school diploma (or general educational diploma), and had children. The program was a partnership between Riverside Community College and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services in Riverside, CA.

The program consisted of a one-week orientation session followed by 24 weeks of academic instruction focused on college preparation, occupational training, or both.

The academic instruction included courses in math, English, reading, and office-related computer software. After the 24-week program, participants were placed in occupational training that lasted up to five months.

The occupational training consisted of course modules with breaks in between so participants could more readily combine training sessions with work and family demands. Participants received credit for this training.

Riverside Community College and Riverside County Department of Public Social Services covered tuition and college fees, and books and other supplies were made available to participants at no cost. Case managers helped participants balance education and work by helping find employment and training opportunities. New Visions took place in Riverside, CA.

Year evaluation began: 1998
Populations and employment barriers: Parents, Cash assistance recipients
Intervention services: Case management, Education, Soft skills training, Work readiness activities
Setting(s): Tested in multiple settings

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $-899 per year -0.04 1043
Long-term Little evidence to assess support 0
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable -1% (in percentage points) -0.02 1043
Long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable -3% (in percentage points) -0.07 1043
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $473 per year 0.17 1043
Long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $344 per year 0.13 1043
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods Little evidence to assess support favorable 3% (in percentage points) 0.06 1043

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1