I-BEST helped workers with low skills develop basic skills and receive occupational credentials.

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19
Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19

I-BEST helped workers with low skills develop basic skills and receive occupational credentials.

I-BEST offered occupational training courses in a variety of areas, including the nursing, electrical, and clerical fields. Participants could also access financial supports for tuition and supportive services, as well as a dedicated advisor who provided academic supports and career planning. As of 2020, I-BEST continues to offer similar services to eligible participants. Duration of services ranged from one to two academic quarters for most I-BEST programs. The population served by this intervention consisted of individuals with low basic skills. I-BEST is offered through public community and technical colleges in Washington state. The study evaluates the I-BEST program at three colleges in Washington state: Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, and Everett Community College.

Year evaluation began: 2011
Populations and employment barriers:
Intervention services: Education, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Work experience, 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 No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term No evidence to assess support
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 Supported favorable 30% (in percentage points) 0.59 463

Sample Characteristics

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State or region: Washington

Participant race and ethnicity
Black or African American
8%
White, not Hispanic
55%
Hispanic or Latino of any race
26%
Unknown or not reported
12%

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1
Low Low 1