Study Groups

Why can’t everyone get PROMISE program services?

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.

If I’m in the program group, does this mean I will get all of the services that the PROMISE offers?

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.

Why are there two study groups?

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.