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The latest on workforce development, adult education, and income security research and practice.
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FALL 2015

Featured Projects


 HPOG Early Outcomes: High Rates of Training Participation and Completion

 PACE Offers First Randomized Control Trial of Career Pathways

 What are the Experiences of TANF Recipients in the HPOG Program?

What We're Talking About


 Abt at APPAM: The Impact of Job Training and How Disability Rules Affect Earnings

 Abt at NAWRS: What Works in Job Search Assistance, Early Insights from Career Pathways Studies, and Pay for Success
 Abt Shares Career Pathways Insights with State Legislators

New Faces


 Correne Saunders
 Jane Herr
 Liana Fox
 Dan Litwok
 I-Fang Cheng

Welcome to At Work!

We’re excited to share with you our new e-newsletter, At Work, which will include the latest research results and expert insights on workforce development and income security, including career pathways, job training, adult education, and more. This first issue features early outcomes from the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) study and updates from the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study, as well as an in-depth look at the experiences of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients in HPOG. With Abt engaged in workforce research and technical assistance across the country, we are constantly learning and eager to pass that knowledge on to the field. We hope you find At Work a welcoming gateway to our work.











Cindy Taylor, Ph.D
Vice President, Social and Economic Policy
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Abt's Career Pathways Work


Abt Associates leads the field in research and evaluation of career pathways systems, with more than 14 projects for the federal government since 2007. Abt also uses evidence-based strategies to provide technical assistance to states and localities on implementing and evaluating career pathways systems. View Abt’s interactive map highlighting places in the United States where we are working to research, implement, and evaluate Career Pathways.

Featured Projects

HPOG Early Outcomes: High Rates of Training Participation and Completion

The HPOG Program helps low-income individuals prepare for employment in growing healthcare careers. This brief summarizes participants and their outcomes one year after program enrollment, including:
  • HPOG participants are predominantly low-income single mothers.
  • Most participants started training in their first year, and many completed short-term training.
  • Many participants, especially those in advanced training, were still in school at the end of their first year.
  • Almost all participants received case management and other supportive services.
  • Two-thirds of those who left after completing training were working. Over half were working in healthcare. 
Read the Brief →

PACE Offers First Randomized Control Trial of Career Pathways


The PACE project, which aims to help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency, features nine of the country’s leading career pathways programs located in 18 sites across 12 states. The PACE impact study is testing whether these nine programs improve educational attainment, employment, and earnings among volunteers who were assigned at random to participate in the program compared to a group that could not. The PACE evaluation design report describes the study’s approach. Findings on each program's impact will be available in 2016. PACE sites shared insights from their programs in a webinar earlier this year, which also provided an update on the evaluation. In-depth profiles of each of the PACE sites are also available.
Read the Report →

What are the Experiences of TANF Recipients in the HPOG Program?


This report explores two important questions about TANF participants in the HPOG healthcare careers training program: How did HPOG participants receiving TANF benefits at intake differ from other low-income HPOG participants in characteristics, participation, and program outcomes? And why did TANF recipient participation levels vary across HPOG programs, and what are the implications for promising strategies to increase TANF recipient participation? 
Read the Report →

What We're Talking About

The Impact of Job Training and How Disability Rules Affect Earnings

What Works in Job Search Assistance, Early Insights from Career Pathways Studies, and Pay for Success

Abt Shares Career Pathways Insights with State Legislators

New Faces

Dan Litwok, Senior Analyst, received his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. Dr. Litwok brings research and teaching experience from Michigan State, Brandeis University, and the Department of Commerce. He focuses on labor economics, economics of crime, and education. 
Jane Herr, Associate, holds a Master’s in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley. She has 15 years of training and research experience in labor economics, family economics, and the economics of fertility. Most recently, she taught at Harvard University and at the University of Chicago.  
I-Fang Cheng, Senior Analyst, began as a classroom teacher and since gained experience in professional development and technical assistance in the adult education and career pathways fields. She received her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Correne Saunders, Associate, comes to Abt with over a decade of experience in social science research and field work. Dr. Saunders received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has specialized in welfare and child support program evaluation. 
Liana Fox, Senior Analyst, brings over 11 years of experience conducting research on social stratification, nonstandard work, child and family well-being and low-wage labor markets. Dr. Fox received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Columbia University and her Master’s in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts. She has previously worked at the Economic Policy Institute and the Population Research Center.
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At Work is an e-newsletter featuring the latest Abt research results and expert insights on career pathways and other employment and training strategies, as well as on adult education and income security issues. Subscribe to At Work here.
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