Per Scholas Evaluation

Project Dates

06/18/2018 -


Per Scholas, a non-profit organization that provides free IT job training to underemployed and often economically disadvantaged adults in select U.S. cities, seeks to build a business case for return on investment (ROI) for its services. Per Scholas wants to better understand how to quantify the potential labor cost savings to its partner employers through use of its training and placement model, including the possible channels of lower hiring costs, employee turnover, and training/onboarding costs.

The Upjohn team will prepare estimates of these labor cost savings, for a subset of the hypothesized channels for which data are available. In particular, Upjohn will use information on Per Scholas placements, phone interviews with Per Scholas staff and representatives from partner employers, and publicly available data on employment transitions and wages to produce a range of estimates on partner employer ROI through hiring cost and employee turnover channels. By comparing the costs associated with each of these channels for Per Scholas graduate placements with typical employee placements at employer partner firms and those in the same industry and city, Upjohn will calculate ROI and measures of cost savings. Depending on data availability, Upjohn may be able to calculate these cost savings measures for different types of program graduates or employer partner firms, under different sets of assumptions, and/or incorporating employer training and onboarding costs.


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