New Orleans Career Pathway Training RCT

Last registered on July 01, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
New Orleans Career Pathway Training RCT
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007914
Initial registration date
July 01, 2021
Last updated
July 01, 2021, 8:28 PM EDT

Locations

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
RAND Corporation

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
Completed
Start date
2014-10-01
End date
2019-09-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The U.S. Department of Labor gave a grant to the City of New Orleans Office of Workforce Diversity through the Workforce Innovation Fund. This funded a randomized controlled trial and evaluation of the same for 2-4 month, prescreened job training for low-income residents in New Orleans. Individuals were recruited from the local population and provided with information about the training. Those that were interested were then screened for eligibility, based on a test of basic education (literacy and numeracy) as well as a structured, scored interview assessing availability and dependability. Those that did not pass this screening received other services and benefits from the government, but were ineligible for the training. Those that passed the screening were entered into a lottery for assignment to the treatment arm, training. Stratified randomization occurred within each of the 25 cohorts that were part of the study, and were directed towards several job skill areas contained in one of three industries: advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology. Those assigned treatment were allowed to attend a cost-free training program for 20 hours per week that lasted two months and culminated in testing for an industry based credential. Most cohorts had an additional round of training offered to all completers, lasting another two months. The evaluation team performed three separate arms of research: an implementation and fidelity analysis, an outcome analysis, and a cost-benefit analysis. The data came from several sources, such as interviews and focus groups, surveys, administrative data on employment, industry, and earnings, and police records for criminal justice outcomes. While some follow-on research is ongoing, the main report of the findings are completed and freely available in the external link.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Baird, Matthew. 2021. "New Orleans Career Pathway Training RCT." AEA RCT Registry. July 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7914-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention is an invitation to a free job training in one of three industries (advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology), 20 hours a week for two months, typically followed by another round of training for another two months. Each round of training culminates in testing for an industry based credential. Training involves both practical (hands-on) education and book and lecture related training.
Intervention Start Date
2016-08-22
Intervention End Date
2019-02-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Employment and earnings
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
NA

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Industry of employment, job duration, arrest rates
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
NA

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Individuals were recruited from the local population and provided with information about the training. Those that were interested were then screened for eligibility, based on a test of basic education (literacy and numeracy) as well as a structured, scored interview assessing availability and dependability. Those that did not pass this screening received other services and benefits from the government, but were ineligible for the training and were not part of the study. Those that passed the screening became part of the study. They were entered into a lottery for assignment to the treatment arm, training. Stratified randomization occurred within each of the 25 cohorts that were part of the study. Individuals were stratified by gender, age, baseline employment status, and baseline annual earnings. Half of individuals were assigned treatment within each cohort by strata. Invitation to treatment meant they could participate int he intervention, which typically began 0-2 weeks after randomization.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in the office by a computer, using a random number generator in Stata within cohort by strata.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
600 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
600 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
300 individuals in treatment, 300 individuals in control.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
RAND Human Subjects Protection Committee
IRB Approval Date
2016-04-14
IRB Approval Number
2015-0835

Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

Relevant Paper(s)

Reports & Other Materials