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VIDA is one of nine programs included in the Administration for Children and Families’ Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) Evaluation conducted by Abt Associates. The study used an experimental design in which program applicants were assigned at random to a group that could access VIDA (the treatment group) or to a group that could not access the program but could enroll in other programs and services in the community (the control group)

-Findings from the Implementation and Early Impact Report*, May 2019

*Click on the first page, below, to read the evaluation in its entirety

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

VIDA was one of only eight organizations in the United States featured in the first study listed above.  IWPR studied programs that provide an array of strategies for serving participants in job-training programs and employ innovative methods for addressing unmet needs. VIDA’s model of connecting underserved adult populations seeking a post-secondary education with a wide range of support services demonstrates how important these services are to program completion.  -January 2017

Read “Job Training + Supportive Services = Greater Likelihood of Success,” June 12, 2017

Read “Escalating Gains: Project QUEST’s Sectoral Strategy Pays Off, April 2017


The economic impact analysis measures the overall impact of VIDA on the local economy.

-University of Texas-Pan American (Now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)