Next Generation of Enhanced Employment Strategies Project (NextGen)

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
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The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the federal Administration for Children and Families has spent decades studying strategies to help low-income people find and keep jobs. To further build this evidence, OPRE contracted with Mathematica to conduct the Next Generation of Enhanced Employment Strategies (NextGen) Project.

This project aims to identify and rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of about nine innovative programs designed to promote employment and economic security among low-income individuals with complex challenges to employment, such as physical and mental health conditions, a criminal history, or limited work skills and experience. The project is working closely with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to incorporate a focus on employment-related early interventions for individuals with current or foreseeable disabilities who have limited work history and are at risk of applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The project will include impact, descriptive, and cost studies for each participating program.

Mathematica is particularly interested in learning about programs that involve employers or are market-oriented approaches, but it is not necessary for the program to involve employers. By participating in the study, the program will obtain rigorous evidence of its impacts on participants and information that it can use to improve its operations. If you know of any programs that might be good candidates for inclusion in this project, please email

For more information about NextGen, visit the project’s webpage on OPRE’s website.