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BACK TO WORK 50+ Women’s Economic Stability Initiative Grant: Evaluation Component

A critical component of the Social Innovation Fund and the BACK TO WORK 50+ Women’s Economic Stability Initiative is evaluating the effectiveness of the program through an independent evaluator.

The outcomes of BTW-WESI include the following:

  1. Community colleges increasing the number of participants who complete the program;
  2. Participants attaining relevant work related skills and education and;
  3. Participants developing financial capability including increased savings, debt reduction and asset management.

A longer term outcome is the percentage of participants who obtain and retain employment in locally in-demand industries.

Implementation evaluation studies will be conducted in partnership with subgrantees during the first three years at all grantee sites. Subgrantees should expect to commit significant resources to the evaluation process, which will culminate by the third year. Subgrantees will participate in an impact evaluation designed to demonstrate moderate or strong evidence of effectiveness. As part of the impact evaluation process, subgrantees will collect and record program participant data.

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