• 0.39,1.00
  • -0.07,2.00

Bridges offered educational services and subsidized internships to help Chicago men earn a GED and find employment.

Bridges offered educational services and subsidized internships to help Chicago men earn a GED and find employment.

The Bridges program offered online instruction toward a high school diploma or GED, socio-emotional learning workshops, individual counseling, soft-skills and job-readiness training, subsidized internships, and case management services. Participants began the program by attending a group orientation session and taking the Test of Adult Basic Education and an online financial training. Following the financial training, participants began the first of three phases of Bridges services. Phase 1 services, which lasted five weeks, consisted of academic enrichment, socio-emotional learning workshops, individual counseling, and soft-skills and employment-readiness training. In Phase 2, which lasted 12 weeks, participants spent 33 hours per week working in subsidized internships and working toward their academic goals. In Phase 3, from week 18 to 25, participants earned their GED, completed their counseling, and were assisted in obtaining employment. Bridges provided six months of services and three months of follow-up. Bridges served men between the ages of 17 and 21 who did not have a high school diploma and who had been incarcerated at least once in their lives. This program operated in Chicago, IL, from 2013 to 2016.

Year evaluation began: 2015
Populations and employment barriers: Less than high school diploma or GED, Male, Former incarceration, Justice system involvement, Young adults (aged 16-24)
Intervention services: Case management, Education, Health services, Soft skills training, Supportive services, Subsidized employment, Work readiness activities, 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 favorable $21 per year 0.001 251
Long-term Not supported unfavorable $-1,527 per year -0.073 251
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term Supported favorable 16% (in percentage points) 0.387 251
Long-term Little evidence to assess support unfavorable -1% (in percentage points) -0.022 251
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 Little evidence to assess support favorable 4% (in percentage points) 0.070 228

Studies of this intervention

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Study quality rating Study counts per rating
High High 1