Net Impact and Cost-Benefit Evaluation of Washington State’s Workforce Training System

Project Dates

03/12/2010 - 09/24/2013


Using a quasi-experimental statistical matching technique, Upjohn Institute staff estimated the net impacts and costs and benefits of thirteen workforce training programs in Washington state. Outcomes of interest included employment, hours, wage rates, earnings, unemployment insurance benefits, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamp, and Medicaid benefits. Two cohorts of program participants were examined—individuals who exited in the 2005-2006 program year and in the 2007-2008 program year.


Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Washington State

Subject Area

EDUCATION; Postsecondary education; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Labor exchange; Public training programs; On the job training