Thursday, August 22, 2019

A Nonprofit Running a Job reTraining Program that Works?

I hear members of the nonprofit community often talking about how to measure success. A story in the New York Times tells the story of a nonprofit, Project Quest out of San Antonio, that retrains people who have lost jobs to work in a new profession. Professors who study labor say the program really works and they have numbers to back that claim up. 

From the story: "In a nine-year trial comparing a group of people who took part in Project Quest with a group who did not, the Quest graduates ended up earning $5,000 more annually. That was especially significant since earnings gains from training programs typically fade over time, Mr. Osterman said."

“People feel like we cost so much per individual,” said Dr. Todd Thames, Project Quest’s board chairman. “That’s what makes it work — child care, mentorship, transportation, tuition, bus passes. These are the barriers that prevent people from successfully completing training programs and finding meaningful employment.”

Just one nonprofit, but it is a nice example of a nonprofit able to demonstrate its results through data.

Philip Hackney, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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