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No Spin, Just Evidence

We seek to distinguish credible findings of program effectiveness from the many others that claim to be, through an easy-to-read, no-spin digest of recent program evaluation findings.

Large randomized trial finds disappointing effects for federally-funded programs to facilitate the re-entry of prisoners into the community. A new approach is needed.

Highlights: This report discusses findings from a well-conducted randomized controlled trial (RCT) of program services funded by the Department of Justice’s Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Demonstration Program, aimed at facilitating the re-entry of prisoners into the...

Large randomized trial finds “Year Up” workforce training produces major earnings gains for low-income young adults (but longer-term follow-up is needed)

In this report we discuss unusually promising findings from a large, multisite randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the Year Up program for low-income young adults. This newly-published study found earnings effects that are among the largest of any workforce training...
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