The Impact of Regional Sectoral Training Partnerships: Findings from America’s Promise (Final Impact and Outcomes Report)
In May 2017, the Chief Evaluation Office partnered with the Employment and Training Administration and funded the America’s Promise Job-Driven Grant Program Evaluation. The America’s Promise Evaluation seeks to fill some of the existing research gaps related to regional workforce partnerships and sector-based strategies through a rigorous mixed-method approach that evaluates the implementation, outcomes, and impacts of America’s Promise grants awarded to 23 organizations in 2016. This report presents results from the America’s Promise outcomes and impact analysis and draws on findings from the previously completed implementation study to provide context for the presented results.
Key findings from the Outcomes Study include:
• Most participants received at least one credential through the America’s Promise program (75 percent) and completed their training program (80 percent).
• The employment rate across all participants declined leading up to program enrollment but increased immediately after enrollment.
•Average quarterly earnings across all participants declined leading up to program enrollment but increased immediately after enrollment.
• Employment and earnings trajectories after enrollment differed by program year of entry, likely associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key findings from the Impact Study include:
• Participation in America’s Promise led to a 6 percentage point increase in employment in the fourth quarter after program enrollment and a 4 percentage point increase in the eighth quarter after enrollment, both of which were statistically significant.
• Participation in America’s Promise led to a statistically significant $2,697 increase in total earnings in the second year after program enrollment.