About this Project
Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) took OhioMeansJobs into the virtual age. The goal of developing the Enhanced OhioMeansJobs (e-OMJ) system was to improve and expand access to Ohio’s workforce services by providing a variety of online resources and tools that job seekers can use from the comfort of their homes, offices, schools, libraries, military bases, or any other web-enabled locations. The goal of the evaluation project was to research and report on the effectiveness of this new approach to Ohio’s job services.
The Results Management Team (RMT) at CETE designed and implemented a Randomized Controlled Trial evaluation study of the Enhanced OhioMeansJobs approach to delivering employment services. Based on a program logic model, we posed 10 specific research questions. To generate the data to address each of the evaluation questions, RMT staff members compared individuals who received e-OMJ services (i.e., the treatment group) and individuals who received employment services via the traditional one-stop delivery system (i.e., the control group) using a random assignment process. This five-year study showcased RMT’s ability to provide infrastructure for and implementation of a large-scale data collection, management, and analysis.