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Wednesday, June 29th, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

This webinar for state leads, coordinators, data staff, and IR directors offers guidance on the data reporting requirements for Accelerating Opportunity design grant states.  Randall Wilson of Jobs for the Future and Christopher Spence, New Growth Group Inc., describe the content, format, and purpose of the required September 1st, 2011 data report for the states. They cover the measures to be used for creating baselines on the ABE population and for describing state data capacity for participating in the evaluation of Accelerating Opportunity in the longer term. The webinar also introduces guidance tools and templates for submitting data with the September report.

Randall Wilson, Jobs for the Future
Christopher Spence, New Growth Group Inc.

Moderator: Barbara Endel, Jobs for the Future 

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Randall Wilson, Christopher Spence
Jobs for the Future, New Growth Group

Friday, February 10th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

This webinar provided the implementation states with a deeper understanding of the evaluation of the initiative, including the overall evaluation design, data collection methods, and specific evaluation activities, such as site visits and check-in calls.


Robert Lerman, Urban Institute, Principal Investigator and Cost Analysis Lead
Lauren Eyster, Urban Institute, Project Director and Implementation Analysis Co-Lead
Maureen Conway, Aspen Institute, Implementation Analysis Co-Lead
Burt Barnow, George Washington University, Impact Analysis Lead
Randall Wilson, JFF Senior Project Manager and Evaluation Liaison

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Robert Lerman, Lauren Eyster, Maureen Conway, Burt Barnow, Randall Wilson
Jobs for the Future, Urban Institute, Aspen Institute, George Washington University

Breaking Through has engaged over 40 colleges across the country in redesigning programs to help low-skilled adults acquire the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and attain credentials. In studies of colleges that scaled up successful pilot programs, Breaking Through participants demonstrated significantly higher rates of retention, course completion, and higher skill gains than non-Breaking Through students. These studies, produced with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, are:

Breaking Through is a collaboration of JFF and the National Council for Workforce Education.

Elisabeth Barnett, Debra D. Bragg, Elaine Delott Baker, and Margaret Puryear

This toolkit, prepared for the Bridges to Opportunity initiative, describes how states can use longitudinal data on community college students for program improvement and evaluation. It includes case studies of states that have used data systematically and strategically to drive institutional change.

Peter Ewell
University of Texas at Austin

The study discussed in this report examined how a cost-benefit analysis system could be used to evaluate the long term fiscal and outcomes impacts of innovative programs, such as integrated ESL classes or adult development education. This approach is novel because in more commonly used enrollment-driven approaches to evaluation, program improvement is seen as a cost rather than a potential investment in increased retention, and by extension, revenues.

Kristin Corash and Elaine DeLott Baker
Colorado Community College System

This document recommends steps for evaluating and continuously improving career pathways programs.

Davis Jenkins
Workforce Strategy Center