Best Practices / Reemployment Results

  • Career Action Resources’ Material: Innovative Best Practice in Nation’s Most-Effective Reemployment Program

  • Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner Is ONLY Tool Described in U.S. Department of Labor Study on Reemployment Program Success

 

Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES) are helping thousands of job hunters across the USA to assess their needs and to create job search and reemployment plans.

In research for the U.S. Department of Labor, our material is identified as an innovative best practice for reemployment.

Specifically, the study explains how LEAP is used to assess unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in the nation’s most-effective reemployment program. LEAP is the only self-assessment described by researchers in the report!

Learn more about the study below.

Good-bye, UI

IMPAQ International researched the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. Note: The initiative is now called the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program; its name was changed with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Among the best practices for reemployment, the study recommends “rigorous assessment forms to identify barriers to employment....Perhaps the most innovative self-assessment form is the Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP), which is used in Nevada.”

The research found Nevada has the most effective REA program of the states studied. The study explains LEAP is useful to claimants participating in REAs by helping them identify their needs. The report also states LEAP is useful to REA staff by helping them better refer claimants to much-needed services.

Excerpt from Report for U.S. Department of Labor on LEAP

The IMPAQ International study states the following:

LEAP “assesses individuals in 8 areas: finances; emotional issues; social, family, and health issues; use of time; next career; more education and training; job search; and use of services and resources. Claimants are asked 10 questions in each of these sections gauging their concerns on a variety of topics. Answers range from 1 to 4 for each question, with 1 denoting a minor concern and 4 denoting a major concern. 

“Claimants total their scores on each section and then look to the back of the LEAP form for suggestions on how best to alleviate their concerns in each of the 8 LEAP areas. Use of the LEAP form differs by local office, with some requiring claimants to fill it out during or before the REA interview and others providing it at the end of the interview for claimants to use at home. 

“At the Reno JobConnect, for example, the REA interviewer requires each claimant to fill out the LEAP form before the REA interview, and then reviews the claimant’s scores, to alleviate some of the issues that had been raised while also referring him/her to available services. 

“The LEAP form has been noted by REA staff to be very useful not only in gauging the emotional and financial status of individuals, but also for referring them to much needed services.”

Complete Study Describing LEAP at U.S. Department of Labor Website

The complete IMPAQ report is available for download at the U.S. Department of Labor's WorkforceGPS site.

Follow-Up Study

A follow-up IMPAQ study for the U.S. Department of Labor found Nevada’s REA participants had 3.13 fewer weeks on UI compared to individuals in the control group, saving $873 in benefits payout per REA participant. This amount exceeded REA costs by more than 4 times. 

LEAP and YES Testimonials on Effectiveness and Results

The organizations using LEAP and YES continue to give positive feedback on their effectiveness with job hunters and the unemployed. 

One program administrator said, “We love LEAP. It helps the unemployed think of the many issues they are facing and verbalize what they are worried about. We wouldn’t get to some issues without LEAP because people are overwhelmed by stress. LEAP gives them a tool for moving forward. LEAP also helps our staff. LEAP also works with newly laid off people, because they are not thinking clearly.”

Workforce Development &
Career Services Professionals:

Conducting in-person RESEAs under WIOA? Address UI claimants' specific needs with LEAP.

Learn about Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and Your Employment Search (YES).


Career Action Blog

A new requirement for the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program states RESEA funds must be used for "service delivery strategies demonstrated to reduce the average number of weeks participants receive benefits by improving participant employment outcomes,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

LEAP.PNGUnemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 07-19 says RESEAs must use evidence-based strategies where they exist. “The goal is to ensure that each state employs RESEA interventions and service delivery strategies that, based on rigorous evaluations, improve employment outcomes and reduce benefit duration or that the intervention or service delivery strategy are being evaluated to determine their effectiveness in achieving these goals.”

In a “high causal evidence” study cited by the USDOL, only one tool—Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP)—is described. LEAP is published by Career Action Resources, LLC.

Workforce development professionals: Request your complimentary LEAP review sample now.

 

Maximum Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Grant Awards by State, from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

State

FY 2018
Funding
Limit

FY 2019
Funding
Limit

ALABAMA

$795,330

$994,163

ALASKA

$277,095

$346,369

ARIZONA

$708,657

$885,821

ARKANSAS

$433,614

$542,018

CALIFORNIA

$12,373,884

$15,467,355

COLORADO

$396,880

$496,100

CONNECTICUT

$1,485,532

$1,856,915

DELAWARE

$579,550

$724,438

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$617,055

$771,319

FLORIDA

$5,542,805

$6,928,506

GEORGIA

$815,320

$1,019,150

HAWAII

$996,725

$1,245,906

IDAHO

$700,235

$875,294

ILLINOIS

$1,332,756

$1,665,945

INDIANA

$4,340,128

$5,425,160

IOWA

$1,516,589

$1,895,736

KANSAS

$717,576

$896,970

KENTUCKY

$882,015

$1,102,519

LOUISIANA

$1,645,839

$2,057,299

MAINE

$0

$868,626

MARYLAND

$1,182,411

$1,478,014

MASSACHUSETTS

$5,807,643

$7,259,554

MICHIGAN

$2,107,622

$2,634,528

MINNESOTA

$1,448,417

$1,810,521

MISSISSIPPI

$960,544

$1,200,680

MISSOURI

$756,048

$945,060

MONTANA

$637,494

$796,868

NEBRASKA

$493,213

$616,516

NEVADA

$2,067,585

$2,584,481

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$1,292,886

$1,616,108

NEW JERSEY

$1,884,565

$2,355,706

NEW MEXICO

$577,576

$721,970

NEW YORK

$19,226,238

$24,032,798

NORTH CAROLINA

$4,308,865

$5,386,081

NORTH DAKOTA

$474,250

$592,813

OHIO

$3,212,411

$4,015,514

 

OKLAHOMA

$927,406

$1,159,258

 

 

OREGON

$4,593,348

$5,741,685

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

$1,472,449

$1,840,561

 

 

PUERTO RICO

$317,827

$397,284

 

 

RHODE ISLAND

$1,099,021

$1,373,776

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

$1,243,856

$1,556,260

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

$346,354

$432,943

 

 

TENNESSEE

$2,606,815

$3,258,519

 

 

TEXAS

$7,478,542

$9,348,178

 

 

UTAH

$1,722,218

$2,152,773

 

 

VERMONT

$691,263

$864,079

 

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

$335,988

$419,985

 

 

VIRGINIA

$1,619,474

$2,024,343

 

 

WASHINGTON

$9,151,468

$11,439,335

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

$325,677

$407,096

 

 

WISCONSIN

$2,887,981

$3,609,976

 

 

WYOMING

$0

$495,112

 

           

A new study for the U.S. Department of Labor concludes that one-on-one, staff-assisted career services at American Job Centers are a positive investment for improving customer employment and pay.

Researchers followed more than 34,000 study participants who received different service levels.

According to the USDOL, “The final report found that intensive services (generally similar to individualized career services under WIOA) increased employment, wages, receipt of a credential, the likelihood of fringe benefits, and hours worked....The cost-benefit analysis indicates that intensive (career) services are a positive investment from the standpoint of customers, taxpayers, and society as a whole.”

The report summary, titled Providing Public Workforce Services to Job Seekers, can be read here.

Need tools to help with one-on-one career services? Consider Layoff-to-Employment Action Planner (LEAP) and  Your Employment Search (YES) by Career Action Resources. Request complimentary LEAP and YES review samples now.