PROGRESS aimed to help recent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients maintain their employment and advance in their careers through intensive team-based case management designed to help them successfully navigate the challenges of employment and access education, training, and supportive services.

PROGRESS aimed to help recent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients maintain their employment and advance in their careers through intensive team-based case management designed to help them successfully navigate the challenges of employment and access education, training, and supportive services.

PROGRESS assigned participants to a team of one case manager and one career development specialist. Case managers checked in with participants monthly and helped them obtain access to health care through Medicaid and assistance with child care and transportation. They also helped participants with housing, substance abuse, or other personal issues by providing counseling and connecting them to community resources. The career development specialist helped participants develop a career development plan alongside the case manager in an initial meeting and provided career counseling based on participants’ individual needs and interests. Participants then worked with the specialist to identify and obtain the necessary training and education services to meet their career goals. The PROGRESS management team also helped connect participants with job search assistance if they lost their jobs. PROGRESS participants could receive services for up to one year after volunteering for the intervention. PROGRESS served employed individuals who were no longer eligible for TANF and working at least 20 hours per week in Eugene, OR. PROGRESS was evaluated as part of the Employment Retention and Advancement Evaluation.

Year evaluation began: 2002
Populations and employment barriers: Employed, Parents, Single parents
Intervention services: Case management, Employment retention services, Financial education, Soft skills training, Work readiness activities, Employment coaching, Job search assistance
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 Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $-899 per year -0.04 1391
Long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $-1,820 per year -0.09 1402
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable 0% (in percentage points) -0.01 1391
Long-term Not supported unfavorable -5% (in percentage points) -0.12 1402
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $-118 per year -0.04 1391
Long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $11 per year 0.00 1137
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