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The Quantum Opportunity Program Demonstration

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  • Allen Schirm
  • Elizabeth Stuart
  • Allison McKie
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    From 1995 to 2001, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ford Foundation ran a demonstration of the Quantum Opportunity Program (QOP), mainly an after-school program that also began offering intensive and comprehensive services to at-risk youth when they entered ninth grade. QOP’s goals were to increase rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education or training; secondary goals included improving high school grades and achievement test scores and reducing risky behaviors, such as substance abuse, crime, and teen parenting. This final report from Mathematica's random assignment evaluation presents impacts on outcomes measured when most sample members were 22 to 25 years old. Overall, QOP did not achieve its primary or secondary objectives, but the lack of overall impacts masks some suggestive evidence of promising effects for some sites and subgroups.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 5465.

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    Length: 205
    Date of creation: 30 Jul 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:5465

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    Keywords: QOP; Quantum Opportunity Program; At Risk Youth; Education Training;

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    1. Myles Maxfield & Allen Schirm & Nuria Rodriguez-Planas, 2003. "The Quantum Opportunity Program Demonstration: Implementation and Short-Term Impacts," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 3525, Mathematica Policy Research.
    2. Allen Schirm & Nuria Rodriguez-Planas & Myles Maxfield & Christina Tuttle, 2003. "The Quantum Opportunity Program Demonstration: Short-Term Impacts," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 3655, Mathematica Policy Research.
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