The Food Security Act of 1985 established the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training (E&T) program to help SNAP recipients gain the skills, training, and experience needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Although all states must operate a SNAP E&T program, they have flexibility in its design. For example, states may choose one or more of several SNAP E&T components, such as job search, on-the-job training, workfare, or vocational training, to offer to SNAP E&T participants. Of the possible activities, states most commonly offer job search and job search training, which have the highest participation rate across E&T programs. Although studies suggest stand-alone job search activities do not lead to long-term self-sufficiency, there is a lack of evidence on how job search interacts with other E&T components, such as education or workfare, particularly within the SNAP E&T context.
This study informs the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) about the types of job search activities offered through SNAP E&T programs and their effectiveness in moving participants toward employment. FNS is particularly interested in how job search activities may work in conjunction with other E&T components, the optimum circumstances fostering the effectiveness of job search activities, and whether outcomes vary across subgroups of participants.
Specifically, Insight is addressing the following study objectives for each study state:
- Document and describe job search activities offered and state-level E&T policies and requirements.
- Conduct a process evaluation documenting implementation and operation of job search activities in the study states.
- Conduct an outcome evaluation to assess short- and long-term effects of job search activities on participants.