The Economic Mobility Corporation (EMC) conducted a small-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of Year Up’s original Core model and found that:
- Compared to young adults in the control group, Year Up provided its students with greater access to full-time jobs and professional-track careers;
- Graduates earned an average hourly wage of $15.67, compared to the control group’s $11.70.
EMC President Mark Elliott called the findings “the most exciting evaluation results we’ve seen in youth employment in 20 or 30 years.” Although the findings are early-stage, Year Up is one of the only workforce training programs with promising evidence of earnings gains for low-income young adults. Year Up uses a robust internal performance management system to track key indicators and continually improve its program.
FUTURE EVALUATION PLANS
Year Up is participating in two forthcoming RCTs:
- Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE): This ten-year RCT of various career pathway strategies, conducted by Abt Associates for the federal Administration for Children and Families, includes several Year Up Core sites and compares outcomes for more than 1,600 Year Up students to those of a peer group of over 800 other young adults. Interim results for early post-program employment and education outcomes are expected in mid-2017, with longer-term outcomes expected in 2019 and beyond.
- Professional Training Corps (PTC) study: Abt Associates will launch an evaluation of Year Up’s community college-based PTC model in summer 2017. This four-year study will analyze outcomes for students in two cohorts at each of four PTC sites. Early results are expected in late 2019.