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SPR at the 2018 iNACOL Symposium!

Join SPR at the 2018 iNACOL Symposium in Nashville, TN! SPR will be joined by Allison Barmann, Vice President of Strategy and Learning at the Bush Foundation, to share results from our regional scan of individualized learning, and lead a rich discussion on culturally relevant teaching and learning in action. Culture in the Classroom: Embedding Cultural Relevance in Teaching and Learning Authentic learner-centered education is individualized to each student and grounded in their unique learning styles, aspirations, and cultural identities. In 2016 and 2017, SPR Continue reading →

Implications of California’s 2018-19 Budget for Career and Technical Education

This blog post was written by Jennifer Hogg and Laura Pryor of Social Policy Research Associates. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is experiencing a resurgence in high schools nationwide, and California is no exception. Much of this resurgence is due to its evolution, from traditional vocational education to CTE pathways, which can provide students with a tangible leg-up for both college and career. California’s 2018-19 budget provides the financial support districts need to create, expand, and sustain high quality programs. History of CTE funding in Continue reading →

Announcement of New Hire, Raquel L. González, PhD

SPR is pleased to announce and welcome Raquel L. González, PhD as Director of Business Strategy and Senior Associate. Dr. González will be focused on supporting business development at SPR, engaging with clients, and developing processes and systems to support SPR’s business strategy. In addition, she will serve as a Senior Associate designing and managing studies. Dr. González has over 18 years of research and evaluation experience. Her research has focused on describing and understanding different pathways and experiences in education. She has content experience Continue reading →

To and Through College: The Need for Postsecondary Transition Support Programs

This blog post was written by Jennifer Hogg of Social Policy Research Associates. The leaky pipeline to a bachelor’s degree is getting leakier for low-income students. While the U.S. saw a decrease in college enrollment among all income brackets between 2008 to 2013, the decrease was even larger for students from low-income families.[i] Among those students who do enroll in college, most do not leave with a degree. While roughly half of students from low-income backgrounds enroll in college, fewer than one-third of those who Continue reading →

Engaging Youth in Evaluation: Why is Youth Participatory Evaluation Critical?

This blog post was written by Ivette Gutierrez of Social Policy Research Associates. Community Participation in Research and Evaluation The American Evaluation Association, in a 2011 Statement on Cultural Competence in Evaluation[1], urged evaluators “engage with diverse segments of communities to include cultural and contextual dimension important to the evaluation.” Youth Participatory Evaluation (YPE) is a key way to achieve this goal because it meaningfully engages youth participants in the design and implementation of an evaluation that considers and reflects their values, identities, and culture. Over Continue reading →

Reflections on SPR’s Approach to Site Visits

This blog post was written by Madeleine Levin and Laura Pryor of Social Policy Research Associates. “Conducting and Using Evaluative Site Visits”, a recent volume of New Directions for Evaluation (Number 156, Winter 2017) provides stimulating reading for evaluators. As SPR staff discussed this volume in our monthly qualitative methods brown bag, we were particularly interested in what our site visit approach could add to the discussion. Reflecting on the articles in this volume helped us articulate additional key features of SPR’s approach to evaluation Continue reading →

Providing Job Search Support for Women Over 50

This blog post was written by Hannah Betesh and Anne Paprocki of Social Policy Research Associates. Over the last decade, older workers have steadily become a larger share of the U.S. workforce, a trend that is expected to continue. At the same time, older workers are more likely than other workers to have difficulty getting re-employed after they lose a job. Compared to men, women are increasing as a percentage of the aging workforce, and they face particular challenges in achieving stable employment, earnings sufficient Continue reading →

A Young Adult Court Based on Young Adult Brains; Early Lessons

This blog post was written by Jennifer Henderson-Frakes of Social Policy Research Associates. The full report was written by Jennifer Henderson-Frakes, Sukey Leshnick, and Hannah Diaz of Social Policy Research Associates.   San Francisco’s Young Adult Court (YAC) is a groundbreaking model for rethinking how the developmental characteristics of transitional age youth (TAY) should inform the criminal justice system’s response to this population. Eligible young adults, ages 18-25, may participate in the YAC program instead of the regular criminal court process with the aim of supporting Continue reading →

Where to find SPR at the NAWB Forum 2018

Join us at the NAWB Forum 2018 where SPR will be looking to advance the conversation on Apprenticeship and the Future of Work in two workshops. The Forum will take place at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. March 24-27, 2018. The Public Workforce System and the Future of Work: Tools for Change Date: Monday, March 26, 2018 Time: 1:15 – 2:30 PM Location:  Columbia 3 (subject to change, check here) Twitter: #PublicSystems4Tomorrow  #FutureOfWork #NAWBForum18 The Future of Work (FOW) is on the minds people Continue reading →

Career Coaching and Student Success

This video and research brief highlight findings from a recent SPR evaluation on how eight Michigan community colleges participating in the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM), a Round 3 Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grantee, helped their students navigate enrollment, decide on an appropriate career pathway, explore work-based learning opportunities, and find appropriate job opportunities. The colleges enrolled nearly 4,000 students, many of whom were attending college for the first time. The evaluation found that career coaches played a key role Continue reading →