Measuring the Impact of a Technology Training Program on the Economic Mobility of Underserved Communities

Awarded Scholars:
Patrick Turner, University of Notre Dame
Tania Barham, University of Colorado, Boulder
Brian C. Cadena, University of Colorado at Boulder
Project Date:
Dec 2022
Award Amount:

The federal government spends more than $19 billion annually on training programs designed to improve economic mobility for low- and moderately-paid workers. However, evidence of the efficacy of these programs is mixed. Economists Patrick Turner, Tania Barham, and Brian Cadena will examine the impact of a tuition free, non-profit IT training program on employment, earnings, and educational outcomes. They will partner with the organization NPower and conduct a randomized controlled trial evaluation of their Tech Fundamentals program for their study.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


Join our mailing list for email updates.