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WAGES Employment Projects Initiative Must Address Its Design and Implementation Problems, Report No. 99-21, December 1999
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  • The WAGES employment projects initiative has not mobilized resources quickly to develop jobs for WAGES clients.  In addition, the jobs that have been developed by WAGES employment projects are unlikely to lead clients to economic self-sufficiency without additional services.
  • While the Legislature envisioned that the initiative would result in local and state entities working together to identify resources to support employment projects, several design factors have impeded its success.  These include diffused administrative authority for the initiative, a short timeline to accomplish a number of activities, and unclear purpose and guidance for selecting and executing the projects.  As a result, implementation of the initiative has been slow. 
  • In light of these problems, the initiative as currently structured should not be continued.  However, the state can learn from this experience and design a program that will not only develop jobs for WAGES clients but also will include strategies to help clients retain jobs and to increase their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Vocational Rehabilitation
Welfare Transition

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-30 Program Review: WAGES Caseload Declines; the Program Faces Participant Employment Challenges, published in January 2000
  • Report No. 98-35 Review of Start-up and Early Implementation Efforts Related to the WAGES Privatization Pilot Projects, published in December 1998

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