Welcome by Illinois program manager Welcome to this training for this important study. DHS is very excited to be a part of this evaluation that is getting a lot of national attention. Because there is more information than the Research team can cover during the upcoming random assignment training on February 29th (note to presenter: you’ll need to update this for the date of training in the various regions), they have asked us to provide this overview of the study and our program here in IL. During the upcoming training you’ll learn how to implement the study procedures, today you’ll hear an overview of the pilot and the evaluation.
This Overview will cover three topics:
The national SNAP Employment and Training Pilot evaluation and Illinois’ role in the evaluation. A overview of Illinois’ SNAP E & T pilot which we call: Employment Opportunities, Personalized Services, Individualized Training, and Career Planning, or EPIC. And the evaluation method—called random assignment—that the Research Team will use to determine the services that different SNAP E & T clients will be able to receive and to determine how effective epic is, and for whom it works best.
EPIC Orientation - Intake Training
Funding for research provided by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is an equal opportunity
employer and provider.
Intake Orientation Training
About Illinois workNet®
• Open to all Illinois citizens, employers,
and education and workforce partners.
• Home to Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act (WIOA) resources,
services and tools.
• Everyone benefits from the range of
career and workforce development
functions beginning with career
exploration through adult career
Illinois workNet is the state's web portal system for workforce development.
Resources, Services and Tools
Connect to online and in-person resources, tools and programs.
The Illinois workNet platform provides Illinois residents, employers and state and
local partners with a personalized experience by using modern best practices for
integrated access.ms, individualized services, and outcomes.
Real Time IncrementalOutcomesPrograms Customers
Model of Data Integration
Data Security Sharing Integration Single-Sign-On
connects everyone to
tools and resources
across state agency
DCEO - WIOA
Information & Data
IDES - Career &
ISBE/ICCB /IBHE -
ISAC - Financial Aid
Illinois workNet is providing:
• Outreach information and materials.
• Training for partners.
• Dashboards for real-time facilitation and
• Integration with IDHS.
• Eligibility steps and review.
• Enrollment procedures and ongoing data
including services, training, credentials,
work-based learning and job placements,
and other outcomes.
• Customer and Outcome reporting options.
Partnership with Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to study a new approach to
help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients get into great careers
utilizing Department of Commerce’s Job Training Employment (JTED) Program Model.
Illinois workNet® Role In EPIC
DHS and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) will
be using a team approach with intake, enrollment,
and customer Individualized Services, Training, and
Employment Plans (ISTEP).
Resources available on: www.illinoisworknet.com/epicpartners
DHS Staff Role: Use EPIC partner
tools facilitate the intake process to
refer SNAP customers to
appropriate training programs to
meet employers’/job seekers’
CBO Role: Enter training program
information and identify baseline
requirements to help align
customers to an appropriate
Recruitment resources available on:
Recruit SNAP Participants
Eligible individuals reside in one of the 33
counties in the study and are:
• SNAP recipients who are work
registrants (85 percent of 5,000 study
• Employed SNAP recipients, (this is a
voluntary population, and will make
up 15 percent of the study
participants); exempt from work
• Participation may be mandatory or
voluntary, depending on county and
work registration status
Orientation instructions and resources available
EPIC Eligibility Review Team
Eligibility review instructions and resources
EPIC Eligibility Review Team
Eligibility review instructions and resources available on:
Download a prepopulated 2151
form to refer the customer to
the CBO and training program.