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Current Study

Evaluation of the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program


  • The purpose of this study is to better understand the elements of the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) pilot programs, the client flow and services provided, partnership involved, coordination with full-service and satellite One-Stop Career Centers/American Job Centers (AJCs), and administrative and reporting strategies adopted to manage activities, staff, and results. This study will increase DOLís knowledge about approaches that provide career development and training services to individuals before and after their release from incarceration.

Research Questions:

  • How is the LEAP grant tailored to the local jail and workforce context?
  • What types of services are delivered through the jail-based AJCs funded by LEAP?
  • How do LEAP participants transition to services at community-based AJCs upon release?
  • What types of services do LEAP participants receive at community-based AJCs?
  • How is data on participants collected, shared, and reported?
  • How do stakeholders view LEAP?
  • What do LEAP grantees report as the most promising elements of implementation and under what conditions can they be replicated?

Key Components:

  • Cross-site implementation evaluation of the LEAP grant pilots, including an early implementation component to identify lessons learned during the planning period
  • Technical Working Group to provide expert advice on methodological, criminal justice and transitioning offender reentry issues
  • Evaluability assessment to determine the feasibility of conducting an impact evaluation
  • Semistructured interviews; focus groups; observations; case file reviews
  • Analysis and synthesis of data; implications for DOL programs

Project Duration: 36 Months

Contract End Date: September 2018

Contractor: Mathematica Policy Research