Riverside County Economic Development Agency. (2016). Evaluation of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment Program: Interim Evaluation Report. Riverside, CA: Gupta, S., Srinivasan, M., Chen, Y., Patterson, L., & Griffith, T.
This interim report details IMPAQ’s program evaluation of the Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) program in three counties in Southern California.
The architects of the @LIKE program designed the program to address skill gaps and provide educational and employment services to disconnected young adults ages 18 and 24. To be “disconnected,” these individuals must be disconnected from education and employment for at least 90 days, and face one or more of the following barriers: low income, gang involved, ex-offender, receiving public assistance, or recently separated veteran.
@LIKE’s primary goal is for program participants to earn credentials and develop skills that will enable them to transition their careers, remain employed, and increase their earnings.
This interim report provides a detailed understanding of the program as of October 2015, at which point some participants were still receiving services. IMPAQ worked closely with program staff in each county to obtain all available participant-level information, which we used to assess the characteristics, services received, and outcomes of participants served by the program during the study period.
The findings presented here are useful for assessing the potential effectiveness of the @LIKE program in recruiting and serving its target population. The report also presents critical information for assessing the potential impacts of the @LIKE program on participant outcomes.
The study has thus far found that the @LIKE program was effective in recruiting and serving its target population.