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Return on Investment in Workforce Development Programs

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    Under more and more fiscal scrutiny because of shrinking state and local budgets, workforce development programs are being asked to estimate their return on investment (ROI). This paper introduces basic concepts of ROI in workforce development programs. It distinguishes ROIs estimated for workforce programs from those that are estimated for financial investments or capital projects. The paper furthermore exposits the basic ingredients of an ROI study—identification of the treatment and time periods of analysis, identification of the net impacts of the program, and identification of net costs. Finally, the paper presents results from the estimation of the ROI for postsecondary career and technical education in the State of Washington.

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    Paper provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in its series Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles with number 12-188.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2012
    Handle: RePEc:upj:weupjo:12-188
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    1. Kevin Hollenbeck, 2011. "Short-Term Net Impact Estimates and Rates of Return," Book chapters authored by Upjohn Institute researchers,in: The Workforce Investment Act: Implementation Experiences and Evaluation Findings, chapter 12, pages 347-370 W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
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