Testing Case Management in a Rural Context: An Impact Analysis of the Illinois Future Steps Program
Findings from the Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
This report presents 30-month impact analysis findings for the Illinois Future Steps program, an employment-focused case management program in rural, southern Illinois. By teaming the welfare agency with a regional community college, Future Steps aimed to connect people with services and employment. Future Steps had few positive impacts on employment, self-sufficiency, and well-being. Implementation challenges included limited ties with local employers and difficulty retaining and supporting qualified staff. Moreover, the program was not able to capitalize on job-training and employment resources available through its community college partner. In addition, case management may have helped clients address barriers to work and self-sufficiency, but many obstacles remained. Expanded job opportunities and infrastructure improvements may be needed to overcome persistent barriers to self-sufficiency common in depressed rural areas.
Rural Welfare-to-Work Strategies Demonstration Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families