Good Transitions provided noncustodial parents who were low income with subsidized employment combined with case management and training to help them connect to stable employment.

Good Transitions provided noncustodial parents who were low income with subsidized employment combined with case management and training to help them connect to stable employment.

After two days of initial skills assessment, Good Transitions participants were placed in a subsidized job at Goodwill Industries stores. An on-site job coach provided feedback and support while program staff provided case management and job development services. After one month at the Goodwill position, Good Transitions placed participants in a new position, with less on-site support and coaching than the Goodwill position, for about three months. During this time, Good Transitions continued to provide case management and job development services and also provided life-skills workshops, occupation-specific training, and a weekly job club to help participants find unsubsidized work. After three months at the second subsidized position, participants would either enter an unsubsidized job or continue to receive education, training, and job development services until they found an unsubsidized job. The program was designed to move participants into unsubsidized employment within four months. Participants were noncustodial parents who were low income and who had child support orders, had passed a drug test, and were registered with Selective Service (applicable to males only).

 

Good Transitions was implemented in Atlanta, GA, and was evaluated as part of an evaluation that also tested subsidized employment programs implemented in Milwaukee, WI (Supporting Families Through Work), San Francisco, CA (TransitionsSF), Syracuse, NY (Parent Success Initiative), Fort Worth, TX (Next STEP), and Indianapolis, IN (RecycleForce).  

Year evaluation began: 2012
Populations and employment barriers: Parents
Intervention services: Case management, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Soft skills training, Subsidized employment, Employment coaching, Job development/job placement
Setting(s): Urban only

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 Supported favorable $1,632 per year 0.08 996
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $962 per year 0.05 996
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Supported favorable 20% (in percentage points) 0.49 996
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 4% (in percentage points) 0.10 996
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $-347 per year -0.13 802
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods Supported favorable 15% (in percentage points) 0.31 812

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1