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The Effectiveness of Different Approaches for Moving Cash Assistance Recipients to Work: Findings from the Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation

Karin Martinson, Eleanor Harvill, and Deena Schwartz


November 6, 2020

Abt conducted the Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation with Mathematica in three sites: Genesee and Wayne Counties in Michigan; New York City; and Sacramento County in California. The evaluation used an experimental design, with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families applicants or recipients randomly assigned to one of two programs providing employment-related services. The evaluation found no detectable effects on employment, earnings, or receipt of public benefits during the six-month follow-up period.  The report discusses implications for policymakers and program administrators.