Design, Sites, and Data Sources
Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD) will use the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model to try to increase employment outcomes for TANF recipients and other low-income individuals with disabilities and to improve the alignment of service delivery systems within the county of San Diego. The evaluation team, led by MDRC, will use a random assignment design to evaluate the BBSD program. A total of 1,000 individuals will be randomly assigned over a period of two years, divided equally between program and control groups. The program group will be provided regular CalWORKs and other publicly available supports, plus IPS services. The control group will be provided regular CalWORKs and other publicly available supports. The research team will then follow both groups for at least one year and assess whether statistically significant differences emerge between the groups on short-term outcomes of interest, such as employment.
In addition to this impact analysis, the evaluation team will conduct a cost effectiveness study and implementation research to more fully understand the IPS model.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership operates Breaking Barriers San Diego through the American Jobs Centers of California (AJCC). BBSD staff based in these centers will operate the program, recruit individuals to participate, maintain a program management information system, and develop all necessary contacts to provide IPS services.
Data sources will include a baseline survey, program participation data, a participant survey at 12 months after random assignment, and possible administrative records.