Building Better Programs

Capital IDEA

Capital IDEA in Austin, Texas provides long-term training services to lift disadvantaged residents out of poverty and into family-sustaining occupations in nursing, allied health, technology careers, and skilled trades. Capital IDEA also provides wrap-around support services, case management, and a peer support network. A quasi-experimental evaluation of Capital IDEA found substantial employment, earnings, and Unemployment Insurance-related impacts relative to a comparison group receiving low-intensity one-stop center services.

Capital IDEA website

Local Investments in Workforce Development: 2012 Evaluation Update