Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE)


PROMISE was a joint project with the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services to promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. The goal of PROMISE was to improve the provision and coordination of services to promote education and employment outcomes resulting in long-term reductions in the child’s reliance on SSI. The Department of Education awarded cooperative agreements to States to implement PROMISE, and we evaluated the model demonstration projects. The Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services provided support for the project. The States proposed and implemented their own unique models, but all PROMISE project interventions included the following, at minimum:

  • Partnerships among State agencies responsible for programs that play a key role in providing services to the target populations;
  • Family outreach, recruitment, and involvement; and
  • Services including:
    • Case management;
    • Benefits counseling;
    • Career and work-based learning experiences; and
    • Parent/guardian training and information.

We convened a technical advisory panel in December 2011 to help prioritize the evaluation needs of this project. We awarded a contract to Mathematica Policy Research to conduct the national evaluation of the PROMISE projects. The first States began enrolling youths and providing services in the spring of 2014. Project enrollment continued through spring 2016, and services continued through late 2018 (or into 2019 in some States). The evaluation ended in January 2023. Planning, design, and evaluation reports are posted below.

State(s) / Location(s) Involved



Consortium: Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Arizona


New York


Related Links

ED’s PROMISE website

PROMISE TAP Report Appendices
Evaluation Design Report
Initial Sampling and Survey Plans
60-Month Sampling and Survey Plan

Process Reports

Maryland PROMISE Process Analysis
Wisconsin PROMISE Process Analysis
Arkansas PROMISE Process Analysis
New York State PROMISE Process Analysis
California PROMISE Process Analysis
ASPIRE Process Analysis

Interim Report

Interim Services and Impact Report Executive Summary
Interim Services and Impact Report
Interim Services and Impact Report Technical Appendix

Special Topic Reports

PROMISE and Family Service Use
Youth's Pathways to Education and Employment
Education and Work Experiences of PROMISE Youth
PROMISE Effective Practices
PROMISE and federal programs
PROMISE and Medicaid
Lessons from PROMISE

Final Report

Final Report Executive Summary
Final Report
Final Report Technical Appendix

Public Use Data Files and Documentation

18-month Public Use File Codebook
18-month Public Use File User Guide
18-month Public Use File SAS
18-month Public Use File Stata
5 Year Public Use File Codebook
5 Year Public Use File User Guide
5 Year Public Use File SAS
5 Year Public Use File Stata


The PROMISE evaluation ended in January 2023 and all public contract reports are posted in the Related Links section above.