Fortson, J., & Schochet, P. (2011). Analysis of Associations between Contemporaneous Job Corps Performance Measures and Impact Estimates from National Corps Study. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research.
- An analysis for the National Job Corps Study found no relationship between estimated impacts on participants and Job Corps center aggregate performance measures. This study sought to determine whether adjusting the performance measures to account for characteristics of students attending the centers would yield performance measures that predict estimated impacts.
- Job Corps is a national vocationally focused education and training program for disadvantaged youth between ages 16 and 24.
- The authors used data from multiple sources, particularly the National Job Corps study. They conducted quantitative analysis of survey data to compute center-level impacts and regression analysis to compute adjusted center-level performance measures.
- The analysis found that, although the performance measures adjusted for individual and local area characteristics had a modest impact on the relative performance rankings of the centers, they did not predict participant impacts more accurately than the unadjusted performance measures.
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