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The Green Jobs and Health Care Impact Evaluation: Findings from the Impact Study of Four Training Programs for Unemployed and Disadvantaged Workers

Release Date

Jan 18, 2017

Publication Author(s)

  • Abt Associates
  • Alison Comfort
  • Hiren Nisar
  • Julie Williams
  • Laura Peck
  • Melanie Brown-Lyons
  • Shawn Moulton
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Annalisa Mastri
  • Karen Needels
  • Nora Paxton


This report presents the results of the Green Jobs and Health Care Impact Evaluation conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by Abt Associates and Mathematica Policy Research. This evaluation used a random assignment research design to examine the impact of four DOL-grant funded job training programs (two in health care and two in “green” occupations) on participants’ service receipt and educational attainment, employment and earnings, income and public benefits receipt. Within an 18-month follow-up period, the evaluation found that all four programs had positive impacts on participation in vocational training; receipt of training-related supports; and receipt of vocational credentials. However, the evaluation detected statistically significant positive impacts on employment and earnings within the same time period for only one program. Following the presentation of results for each of the four training programs, the report concludes with a discussion of the implications of the results for policymakers and program operators.

Affiliation: Abt Associates; Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Authors: Martinson, Karin; Williams, Julie; Needels, Karen (Mathematica); Peck, Laura; Moulton, Shawn; Paxton, Nora (Mathematica); Mastri, Annalisa (Mathematica); Copson, Elizabeth; Nisar, Hiren; Comfort, Alison; Brown-Lyons, Melanie

Key words: unemployed; disadvantaged; low-income; low-skill; green jobs; health care; energy efficiency and renewable energy; training programs; high growth sectors; emerging industries; Pathways Out of Poverty; career pathways; implementation study; impact evaluation

Final Report