Even if PROMISE services were not provided randomly, services would not be made available to everyone. Funding for PROMISE is limited, so even if the study were not taking place, not everyone who is eligible could receive PROMISE services. Because funding is limited, the fairest way to choose who will receive PROMISE services—among those who are eligible—is to pick them randomly. That way, everyone has an equal chance of receiving these services.
Being in the program group means that the study will not restrict in any way the services that you may receive. However, you will only be able to access the PROMISE services that your CSC determines that you need (based on assessments and discussions with you) and which are available.
In general, program group members will receive employment services, education support, and benefits counseling. However, youth in the program group will work with their assigned Career Service Coordinator (CSC) to develop plans for the specific services that they will receive.
There are two study groups because we want to learn whether PROMISE services are more effective than usual services at improving outcomes such as educational progress and employment. By randomly assigning eligible youth to a program group and a usual services group, we can track and compare outcomes for these two groups to assess the effectiveness of PROMISE services.
Yes, you may quit the study at any time by sending a letter to the PROMISE program director for your state. If you do quit the study, you will no longer be eligible for PROMISE services. However, you will be able to access other services as you normally would.
The CaPROMISE is administering the study. PROMISE is supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration has hired Mathematica Policy Research, a private contract research firm that has conducted many major studies of government programs, to conduct the national study of the PROMISE demonstration programs.