The pilot program of LA RISE aimed to improve employment outcomes for hard-to-employ populations, including disconnected youth, people with a record of justice involvement, and people experiencing housing instability.

Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) Pilot Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19
Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) Pilot Program is currently offering some services remotely in response to COVID-19

The pilot program of LA RISE aimed to improve employment outcomes for hard-to-employ populations, including disconnected youth, people with a record of justice involvement, and people experiencing housing instability.

Participants of LA RISE were co-enrolled in programs funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and received a minimum of 300 hours of subsidized, transitional employment at a social enterprise or workforce development system partner. These programs also provided on-the-job training, specialized training, or both. Other provided services varied by placement and included soft-skills training, work-readiness training and assessments, supportive services, case management, education, and permanent job search and placement services. Participants received incentive payments when they demonstrated proof of employment during the placement phase of the program. Services were delivered to participants for a minimum of seven weeks. Participants qualified for LA RISE services if they were at least 18 years old; were under- or unemployed and had expressed interest in full-time employment; and had one or more of the following major barriers to employment: a record of justice system involvement, housing instability, or classification as a disconnected youth. LA RISE was implemented at various sites in Los Angeles, CA. 

Year evaluation began: 2015
Populations and employment barriers:
Intervention services: Case management, Education, Financial incentives, Soft skills training, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, On-the-job training, Subsidized employment, Transitional jobs, Work readiness activities, Job search assistance, 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 Little evidence to assess support unfavorable $-774 per year -0.037 963
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $1,590 per year 0.076 490
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 5% (in percentage points) 0.116 963
Long-term Little evidence to assess support favorable 3% (in percentage points) 0.084 490
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