The IJSA+ program provided unemployment insurance (UI) recipients with personalized services and training to assist them in finding a new job at an early point after entering the UI system.

The IJSA+ program provided unemployment insurance (UI) recipients with personalized services and training to assist them in finding a new job at an early point after entering the UI system.

Six to seven weeks into unemployment, participants were required to report to a job service orientation session. At the orientation, the participants were given information about the services available to them and were scheduled for an assessment interview. The orientation for IJSA+, unlike for IJSA and Structured Job Search Assistance (SJSA), included a coordinated effort with the local Economic Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Act staff to enroll interested participants in training. During the assessment interview, staff developed an individual service plan for the participant and emphasized the opportunity for training. Individual service plans varied, but the services specified in the plan were mandatory.

On average, participants completed services about two months after they began receiving UI benefits. A two-stage screening process identified UI claimants who were permanently separated from their previous job and then selected individuals who were most likely to exhaust their UI benefits (using a model that considered the local unemployment rate, job tenure, education, occupation, and industry).

In addition to fulfilling the usual requirements for UI, individuals in IJSA+ were required to complete this program to continue receiving their full UI benefits.

The IJSA+ program was implemented in Washington, DC, and in multiple UI offices in Florida. The IJSA+ program was implemented in the same evaluation as two similar programs for UI claimants: the SJSA and the IJSA.

Year evaluation began: 1995
Populations and employment barriers:
Intervention services: Case management, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, On-the-job training, Work readiness activities, Job search assistance
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 Not supported favorable $481 per year 0.02 9973
Long-term Not supported favorable $251 per year 0.01 8662
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Not supported favorable 1% (in percentage points) 0.03 9973
Long-term Not supported favorable 1% (in percentage points) 0.02 8662
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term Not supported favorable $-102 per year -0.04 0
Long-term Not supported unfavorable $72 per year 0.03 0
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 2