States increasingly see performance-based funding in adult education as a way to distribute resources fairly, promote accountability, and strengthen local programs. It is intended to assist state policymakers and adult education administrators in making more informed decisions when designing state allocation formulas using performance funding. To gain a better understanding of how these systems operate, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education, commissioned a study of adult education fiscal policies in selected states using PBF to allocate program resources. This cross-case analysis report summarizes findings from case study site visits conducted in three states—Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri—which are among the most experienced in using performance-based funding to allocate federal, state, or both, types of resources.
MPR also developed a literature review and theoretical framework on performance-based funding, available here.
In 2008, OVAE introduced its Technical Assistance to States on Performance-Based Funding initiative and contracted with MPR to provide training and TA. MPR worked with 12 states to help them develop or revise funding formulas to incorporate performance-based funding. Each state received customized technical assistance that involved convening a state task force, aligning state goals with funding criteria, modeling funding formulas, and creating a plan to introduce PBF to adult education programs. The final report from this project, available here, profiles the 12 states that received TA.