Series # :
  ETAOP 2017-05
Title :
  Three Issue Briefs from an Evaluation of the Self -Employment Training Demonstration
Release Date :
  January 18, 2017
Abstract :

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is initiating the Self-Employment Training (SET) Demonstration to help dislocated workers interested in creating businesses in their fields of expertise. Currently, assistance for those who want to start their own businesses is scattered among many different service providers, and people interested in self-employment do not always know where to access services or seek advice on an ongoing basis. The SET Demonstration is a “pilot program” designed to test a model in which people interested in self-employment have access to dedicated self-employment advisors who assess their needs on an ongoing basis and provide tailored support to guide their journey through self-employment. The demonstration seeks to determine the kinds of services and supports that can help such dislocated workers, and also to draw lessons to help inform the workforce development system about the role of self-employment as a reemployment strategy for dislocated workers.

ETA also has initiated a rigorous randomized control trial evaluation, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., to determine if the SET Demonstration is effective. SET is offered in four sites: Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland, Ohio, Los Angeles, California, and Portland, Oregon. The program enrolled 1,981 participants between July 2013 and January 2016. SET Demonstration services are delivered by qualified microenterprise service providers, working in close partnership with participating American Job Centers and the Unemployment Insurance program. A final report will be issued upon completion of the evaluation.

The three Issue briefs highlight key findings from the Implementation phase of the evaluation and they are:

  • Case Management for Self-Employment Success: Emerging Lessons from the Self-Employment Training Program;
  • The Characteristics and Motivations of Participants in the Self-Employment Training Demonstration; and
  • What Does $1,000 in Seed Capital Buy? Emerging Lessons from the SET Program's Offer of Micro-grants for Business Start-Ups.

Organization: Mathematica Policy Research

KeyWords: self-employment, micro-enterprise, training, dislocated workers, random assignment, treatment group, control group, community outreach and recruitment.

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Mathematica Policy Research
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