Principal Investigator(s): Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation
This study is an evaluation of the National Supported Work Demonstration project, a transitional, subsidized work experience program for four target groups of people with longstanding employment problems: ex-offenders, former drug addicts, women who were long-term recipients of welfare benefits, and school dropouts, many with criminal records. The program provided up to 12-18 months of employment to about 10,000 individuals at 15 locations across the country for four years. In ten of these sites -- Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, Jersey City, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Wisconsin, 6,600 eligible applicants were randomly assigned either to experimental groups (offered a job in supported work) or to control groups, and an evaluation was conducted on the effects of the Supported Work Program. At the time of enrollment, each respondent was given a retrospective baseline interview, generally covering the previous two years, followed by up to four follow-up interviews scheduled at nine-month intervals. Two public use files were originally distributed for this data collection: Supported Work Employment and Earnings File, and Supported Work Deviant Behavior File. Each file contained data for up to five interviews, a cross-document dataset and an Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients follow-up. The Employment and Earnings File contains data from all interview modules except the drug and crime sections, and the Deviant Behavior File contains all variables on the Employment and Earnings File as well as additional information on drugs and crime. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients were further asked about children in school and welfare participation, while all non-AFDC respondents were questioned about any extralegal activities. Demographic items specify age, sex, race, marital status, education, number of children, employment history, job search, job training, mobility, household income, welfare assistance, housing, military discharge status, and drug use. Each respondent has up to six logical, fixed-length records, with each record corresponding to a completed interview (up to five) and one additional short "cross-document" record. A User's Guide describing the collection and its components is available and should be read before the collection or any part of it is ordered.
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Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation. National Supported Work Evaluation Study, 1975-1979: Public Use Files. ICPSR07865-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-02-02. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07865.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07865.v2
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Labor. Employment and Training Administration (33-36-76-01, 30-36-75-01, and 30-34-75-02)
- United States Department of Justice. Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
- United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Office of Planning and Evaluation
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse
- United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Office of Policy Development and Research
- United States Community Services Administration. Office of Community Action
- United States Department of Commerce. Economic Development Administration
- Ford Foundation
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: criminal justice system, deviance, drug law offenses, economic behavior, employment, government programs, job history, labor force, occupations, public assistance programs, quality of life, social attitudes, social behavior, social indicators, unemployment, work environment, workers
Data Types: administrative records data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Producers: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ; University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, Madison, WI; Social and Scientific Systems, Inc., Washington, DC.
Sample: Eligible ex-offenders, former drug addicts, women who were long-term recipients of welfare benefits, and school dropouts, in Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, Jersey City, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Wisconsin, in the period 1975-1979.
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Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-10
- 2009-02-02 Seven datasets were extracted from each of the two original EBCDIC files -- a baseline interview, cross-document variables, 9, 18, 27, and 36 month interval interviews, and an AFDC follow-up.
- 2006-01-18 File UG7865.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
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