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Program Compliance Indicator and Annual Data

The program compliance indicators establish minimum performance levels in essential project areas to measure the effectiveness of PWI projects in meeting the evaluation standards. Two of the five compliance indicators are designated as "primary" (placement rate and change in earnings) and three compliance indicators are designated as "secondary" (percent placed who have significant disabilities, percent placed who were previously unemployed, and average cost per placement). All projects must meet the minimum performance levels on the two "primary" compliance indicators and any two of the three "secondary" compliance indicators to qualify for continuation funding.

Compliance Indicator 1 (Primary): Placement rate.
The percentage of individuals served who are placed into competitive employment.

Under the PWI program, competitive employment is defined as work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the usual or customary wage and terms and benefits provided by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who are not disabled.

Performance level:

  • Fiscal year 2002:
    A minimum of 51 percent

  • Fiscal year 2003:
    A minimum of 52 percent

  • Fiscal Year 2004:
    A minimum of 54 percent

  • Fiscal Year 2005 and any year after:
    A minimum of 55 percent

Compliance Indicator 2 (Primary): Change in earnings.
(Based upon hours worked, projects must have an average increase in earnings of at least $100 or $125 per week for project participants.) Projects need only demonstrate an average increase in weekly earnings of at least $100 if at least 75 percent of the individuals they placed are working fewer than 30 hours per week.

Compliance Indicator 3 (Secondary): Percent Placed who have significant disabilities.
(At least 50 percent of individuals served by the project who are placed into competitive employment are individuals who have significant disabilities.)

Compliance Indicator 4 (Secondary): Percent placed who were previously unemployed.
(At least 50 percent of individuals who are placed into competitive employment are individuals who were continuously unemployed for at least 6 months at the time of project entry.)

Compliance Indicator 5 (Secondary): Average cost per placement.
(The actual average cost per placement of individuals served by the project does not exceed 115 percent of the projected average cost per placement in the grantee's application.)

The tables below present aggregate data on the performance of PWI grantees.

Compliance Indicator Performance
Compliance Indicators 2003 2004 2005

Primary Indicators


Placement rate*

54.2% 61.5% 51.9/%**

Average increase in weekly earnings*

$242 $247 $253

Secondary Indicators


Percent placed who have significant disabilities

87.5% 89.2% 89.60%

Percent placed who were previously unemployed

73.3% 78.7% 78.20%

Percentage of projects meeting the average cost per placement indicator

37.9% 44.0% 36.47%

* Indicates performance indicators that are also GPRA measures.
** The PWI data collection instrument was revised for FY 2005 reporting. The reporting change resulted in a significant reduction in the reporting of the number of "new" individuals served in the reporting period and inconsistencies in the grantee reported data on number served as compared to previous years. To correct for this problem, the FY 2005 "placement rate" has been calculated as the "percentage of individuals served who were placed into competitive employment" of the total number of individuals served by the projects during the reporting period. In prior fiscal years, the placement rate was calculated based on grantee reported data on the total "new" individuals served in the reporting period. This change in calculation resulted in a significantly lower placement rate as compared to previous years.

GPRA Performance Measures
GPRA Indicator 2003 2004 2005
  Actual Target Actual Target Actual Target
Percentage of individuals served who were placed into competitive employment 54.2% 62.4% 61.5% 62.7% 51.90% 63.00%
Percentage of previously unemployed individuals served who were placed into competitive employment 54.0% 63.0% 65.5% 64.0% 62.40% 65.00%
Average increase in weekly earnings $242 $231 $247 $233 $253 $238
Cost per placement (federal grant funds only)* NA NA $3,139 NA $3,014 NA

* Cost per placement will become a GPRA indicator in fiscal year 2006. Data for fiscal year 2004 is baseline data.

Aggregate Totals
  2003 2004 2005
Number of Projects Reporting 95 90 85
Total Persons served NA NA 12,652
Persons served (new in the period) 10,099 10,557 8,148

Persons served with significant disabilities

8,482 9,259 10,082

Persons served who were unemployed

7,433 7,792 8,226
Total persons placed 5,478 6,493 6,564

Persons placed with significant disabilities

4,792 5,792 5,880

Persons placed who were unemployed six months

4,017 5,108 5,133

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Instructions for Completing the Reporting Form for Projects With Industry Compliance Indicators and Annual Evaluation Plan:

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Last Modified: 01/17/2014