Burghardt, J., McConnell, S., Meckstroth, A., Schochet, P., Johnson, T., & Homrighausen, J. (1999). National Job Corps Study: Report on study implementation. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research.
- This report describes the implementation of and lessons learned from the National Job Corps Study, a random assignment impact evaluation of Job Corps. Job Corps provides comprehensive job training to disadvantaged youth in the areas of basic education, vocational skills training, health care and education, counseling, and residential support.
- The authors conducted a qualitative analysis of planning and process documents for the study, as well as accounts of study team members’ first-hand experiences.
- The authors described the study design, sampling procedures, how they monitored sample build-up and decided when to end random assignment, and how they monitored adherence to the study’s random assignment procedures.
- They noted three key factors important for successful implementation of a randomized study design in an ongoing program: (1) commitment of program managers to the goals of the study and its related tasks, (2) close collaboration between research and program staff, and (3) monitoring of study procedures to ensure integrity.
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