The IAS Module helped participants who had been recently released from incarceration anticipate and prepare for setbacks they might face in the labor market to improve short-term employment outcomes.

The IAS Module helped participants who had been recently released from incarceration anticipate and prepare for setbacks they might face in the labor market to improve short-term employment outcomes.

Program facilitators and participants met for a single, one-on-one session to predict challenges participants might face in their job searches and in the workplace. They then developed strategies to overcome these challenges. Facilitators delivered the IAS Module for one hour using two handouts. Eligible participants were recruited from three employment services agencies, had recently been released from jail or prison, did not have a job offer or significant employment, and were English speaking. The program took place in Arlington County, VA; Washington, DC; and Baltimore, MD.

Year evaluation began: 2012
Populations and employment barriers: Former incarceration
Intervention services: Soft skills training
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 No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 13% (in percentage points) 0.32 47
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
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 1