Per Scholas

Impact Report on Per Scholas’ Work Advance Program

Program activities
Per Scholas provides free, high­-quality job training and support services to talented young people. Per Scholas then partners with large IT employers to place graduates in jobs.



$8,000 increases the earnings of a low-income adult by $13,000.


Per Scholas conducted a randomized controlled trial to estimate impact.

Data source
Per Scholas' data comes from a study funded by the Social Innovation Fund. MDRC conducted the evaluation, collecting baseline data and three­ year follow­-up data through surveying, administrative data and other sources.

Attribution method
Work Advance’s impact was measured using a random assignment design, often referred to as the "gold standard" in evaluation. Randomization ensures there are no systematic differences between participants and the control group they are compared to.

This report was created by Per Scholas with self­-reported data using ImpactMatters' impact reporting platform. This report covers June 2011 to June 2014.

Elijah Goldberg