Research findings and field experience have shown that suitable programming may help women from vulnerable groups participate in the labor market to a greater extent and develop financial independence. The Program for Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women was designed to advance women from vulnerable groups towards financial independence, addressing the poorly educated, mothers of small children (whether married or single), new immigrants, ultra-Orthodox and Arab women. Towards the close of 2007, TEVET asked the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute to examine the implementation and operation of the program in the light of its explicit goals; the extent to which participants found good jobs; and whether the implementation of the program yielded an intervention model applicable to other settings in Israel. The study was conducted in 2008-09. Some of the main findings are:
--66% of the participants not-employed at the time of entry into the program were employed 15 months later, compared with 30% in the comparison group.
--Other participants, employed at the time of entry, improved the quality of their employment.
--All the self-employed and 81% of the wage-earners were very satisfied or satisfied with their work
--In Haifa, the program was fully implemented. In Jerusalem, there were implementation problems: the number of participants fell short of plans and not all components were implemented. Nevertheless, the employment rated improved at both centers.