Research Topics

Disability Employment

In 2000, the Heldrich Center completed a quasi-experimental evaluation that used Unemployment Insurance wage records to measure the employment experiences of dislocated workers who received a training grant from the State of New Jersey. These outcomes were compared to the experiences of similar group of dislocated workers who did not receive training. The outcome analysis was supplemented by a telephone survey of individuals receiving an Individual Training grant to determine their perceptions of the effect of the training.

From 2013 to 2015, the Heldrich Center conducted an evaluation of three components of the state’s workforce system; these included: (1) a comprehensive review and program evaluation of the state’s federally financed One-Stop Career Center (American Job Center) system; (2) a program evaluation of the Workforce Development Partnership (WDP) program, a state-funded customized training program for unemployed workers; and (3) a program evaluation of the state’s Parolee Enrollment Placement Program (PEPP).

The Heldrich Centered conducted a study of WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ), the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare-to-work program between June and December 2017. This six-month study provided recommendations and a plan of action to strengthen the employment and training components of WFNJ.

In 2017, the Heldrich Center was asked by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) to conduct an implementation assessment of the Secretary’s signature initiative — the New Jersey Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Pathways Network (NJSPN), an effort developed to provide New Jersey’s students with STEM education and experiences they need to succeed in college, career, and life.

From 2012-2014, the Heldrich Center was part of a large multi-partner effort to develop a national “Transit Virtual Career Network” for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program.