THIS VOLUME reflects the interest and support of my friend, Mr. Mitchell Sviridoff, vice president, national affairs, of the Ford Foundation, who contributed to the design and obtained the grant to turn the idea of assessing federal manpower programs into a reality. I am pleased to acknowledge his help and that of the Ford Foundation.
A word about the contributors. Care was taken not to invite any individual who had direct responsibility for operating a program under review. In the case of Dr. John Palmer, his acceptance occurred while he was still a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, prior to his assuming the position of deputy assistant secretary for policy, research and evaluation, at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Because of the tight schedule between initiation of the project and the release of the manuscript for publication, I am particularly grateful to my colleagues who made time to participate in this joint undertaking. My friend, Mr. William Hewitt of the U.S. Department of Labor, administrator, Office of Planning, Evaluation, Research (OPER), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), commented on my opening and closing chapters but I alone am responsible for the analysis and the conclusions. My wife, Ruth S. Ginzberg, improved their readability, for which I thank her.
As editor, I have taken some minor liberties to reduce the scholarly apparatus that supported some of the chapters. However, the Notes at the end of the volume provide the reader with the essential underpinnings.