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Directive:

MSFW BULLETIN 91-32


Status: Cancelled

Subject:
Evaluation of the JTPA, Title IV Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program

Purpose:
To provide information to all Section 402 grantees regarding a current study and evaluation of the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) Program that is now being conducted.

To

All Section 402 Grantees

From

Charles Kane Paul Mayrand Chief Director Division of Seasonal Farmworker Office of Special Targeted Programs Programs

Date

September 27, 1991

Expiration Date

None.

Rescissions:    None.
Text :
Background. The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development (OSPPD) has contracted with Berkeley Planning Associates (BPA), and SRI International to conduct an evaluation of the JTPA, Title IV MSFW program. The purpose of the study is to examine the effectiveness of training, employment and supportive services provided by grantees, funded under Section 402, in meeting the goals of the program. The project officer for this evaluation is Mr. Tom NaSell of OSPPD. Ms. Marlene Strong, of BPA, and Mr. Ron D'Amico of SRI serve as Co-principal Investigators of the study, which began July 1, 1991 and continues through June 30, 1993. Evaluation Objectives. The evaluation has the following objectives: -- to describe variations in the provision of services to farmworkers, including differences by type of worker served (seasonal or migrant; in-state or interstate; those with or without non-agricultural work experience; youth or adult), as well as differences by type of grantee (administrative; size); -- to assess the quality of services being provided to program participants; -- to describe the influence of Federal policies and regulations on grantee operations; -- to describe the influence of local economic conditions on grantee operations and program design; -- to describe the coordination practices of grantees; -- to describe the outcomes for different types of clients, and to analyze the effects of local economic conditions and services provided on those outcomes. Research Design. Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be used to assess program effectiveness. Two site visits will be conducted to 18 randomly selected grantees, one during each of the study years. Four days will be spent on site in the first year - two days in discussions with staff at the central administrative office, and two days in discussions with staff and program participants at one of the grantee's field offices. Quantitative analyses will be performed using databases contain- ing information about the client population (from the Annual Status Reports) and databases on the eligible farmworker population. In addition, analyses will be performed on existing client-level data from grantees at ten of the sites visited. Action. Initial site visits to selected grantees will occur from October 1991 through February 1992. Grantees will be notified of their selection by the Department, and contacted by a BPA or SRI study team member to arrange the site visit. Grantees may be asked to provide copies of grant plans and quarterly or annual reports to the study team before the visits. Questions. For further information, please contact your Federal Representative.

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