The Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration

The Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration (TJRD), developed by the Joyce Foundation and conducted by MDRC with research partners, is a random assignment study of Transitional Jobs programs in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Paul that serve people reentering their communities from prison.

Newly released year one findings provide valuable lessons for helping our growing TJ field set its course for this new decade of work. A new brief by the NTJN, Advancing the Field of Transitional Jobs, includes a summary of findings, lessons learned, and strategies for moving the TJ field forward.

Key findings include confirmation that people reentering communities from prison want to work as shown by high TJ participation rates; encouraging evidence suggesting that retention bonuses may positively affect job retention; large increases in employment attributable to TJ participation which faded over time; and ethnographic documentation that TJ provides a period of income and stability in the otherwise chaotic time following prison release. The National Transitional Jobs Network has issued a brief, Advancing the Field of Transitional Jobs, describing the key lessons learned and ideas for advancing the field of Transitional Jobs. More information on TJRD study is also available from MDRC and The Joyce Foundation.

This site has been set up as a venue for Transitional Jobs providers and other stakeholders to discuss their reactions to the TJRD findings and discuss the implications of this study for their programs. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to share with other practitioners how your program is innovating and evolving to enhance the TJ model and better serve your participants—what is working for you? (To comment, please click on number on right-side of this post).

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About National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity is dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. Through our field building, we provide support and guidance that fosters more effective and sustainable employment efforts. Our policy and advocacy work advances solutions to the systemic issues that drive chronic unemployment.

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