Reports and Research

Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy, Workforce Innovation Fund Grant: Evaluation

Cover of LARCA Final Report The City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department and Workforce Development Board received a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund grant to develop the Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA), a career pathways program that targeted out-of-school youth and provided them with secondary and post-secondary education; work readiness, supportive, and training services; and employment and placement services. SPR’s evaluation included an interim report, detailing the findings of the evaluation’s implementation study and a final report, detailing the findings of the evaluation’s random assignment impact and cost studies.

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Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing, Workforce Innovation Fund Grant: Evaluation

Cover of ATIM Implementation Report SPR completed the evaluation of the Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM) program for the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and its state partner agencies, the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Funded by a $12 million four-year U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grant, ATIM used a career pathways approach to provide individualized assessment, career counseling, and service planning; accelerated training schedules to expedite participant readiness for job openings; and work-based training opportunities in advanced manufacturing.   The evaluation included an implementation study, a random assignment impact study and a cost-effectiveness study.  The evaluation’s implementation study report summarizes findings from two rounds of site visits and a stakeholder survey, including a social network analysis.  The evaluation’s impact report explores the impact of ATIM on program participants relative to a control group, and discusses the results of a cost-effectiveness analysis of ATIM.

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Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Program: Evaluation

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The Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor are designed to strengthen ties between the public workforce system and local correction facilities by establishing satellite American Job Centers in local jails. SPR, together with its partner, Mathematica Policy Research, conducted a formative evaluation to identify common challenges and promising approaches to launching LEAP-funded activities across the 20 grantees nationwide. The formative evaluation generated five issue briefs on key themes in program start-up, linked below. The project also includes an implementation evaluation to document how LEAP programs operate; and a feasibility assessment which explored the potential for a rigorous impact evaluation.

Download the Internet Access for Pre-Release Job Search Training Brief    Download the Bridging Workforce and Corrections Cultures Brief    Download the Staffing Jail-Based American Job Centers Brief Download the Structuring Employment-Based Services Within Jail Spaces and Schedules Brief    Download the Expediting the Launch of Service Provision Brief

Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM): Evaluation

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The Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM) initiative was designed to help unemployed adults (including TAA-certified workers) gain the skills required to fill available jobs in Michigan’s advanced manufacturing sector. The M-CAM initiative was developed by a consortium of eight community colleges in Michigan and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) under Round 3 of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The four-year grant was funded in October, 2013. The M-CAM leadership team selected Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) as the third-party evaluator of the initiative in March 2014. SPR’s evaluation design calls for a comprehensive implementation study, an outcomes study, and a rigorous quasi-experimental impact evaluation.

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ShaleNET Round 2 TAACCCT Grant Third-Party Evaluation

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From July 2013 to September 2016, SPR conducted a mixed method impact and implementation evaluation of the ShaleNET oil and gas sector-focused career pathway initiative. Funded from 2012 to 2016 by a Round 2 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the ShaleNET initiative is aimed at expanding the breadth and effectiveness of the training options and career pathways through which participants can work towards careers in the shale oil and gas industry. The TAACCCT-funded portion of the initiative was administered by a consortium of four educational institutions located in or near four major shale gas and oil production plays: the Marcellus Shale Play (parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York), the Utica Shale Play (most of Ohio), the Barnett Shale Play (much of northwest Texas), and the Eagle Ford Shale Play (much of southern Texas). The members of the consortium are Pennsylvania College of Technology, Westmoreland County Community College in Pennsylvania, Stark State College in Ohio, and Navarro College in Texas. This Final Report summarizes the major findings from the evaluation.

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Reintegration of Ex-Offenders: Impact Evaluation

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The Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) project began in 2005 as a joint initiative of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Department of Justice, and several other federal agencies. In 2009, ETA commissioned a three-year random assignment evaluation of the RExO project. This evaluation report summarizes the initial impacts of the RExO program on offender outcomes in four areas: service receipt, labor market success, recidivism, and other outcomes. The results are based on outcomes for these individuals in the two-year period after they enrolled into the study. A final impact report is scheduled to be submitted in fall 2015, and will focus on impacts in the three-year period following random assignment (RA) into the study.

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Strengthening Cultural Competency in California’s Anti-Domestic Violence Field

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In 2012, The Blue Shield of California Foundation’s program area Blue Shield Against Violence launched a project called “Strengthening Cultural Competency in California’s Domestic Violence Field for High-Need, Underserved Populations” to support and promote promising culturally competent practices within the domestic violence field. This report captures the outcomes of the two-year evaluation at the organizational and field level.

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Mapping an Emerging National Health Equity Network: Findings from a Social Network Analysis of Organizations Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

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Since 2007, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Asian Pacific Islander Health Forum has invested more than $20 million to support development of health equity collaboration within and across Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian (AA and NHPI) communities across the nation. In 2013, SPR therefore conducted a snowball social network analysis starting with these funded partners, and extending to over 1400 organizations around the country focused on improving the health and well-being of AA and NHPI communities. This paper provides an overview of this emerging network, as well as presents implications for how to approach strengthening and leveraging this network going forward.

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Toward Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders: The Health Through Action Model

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Since 2009, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has invested over $100 million to foster racial healing and eliminate policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differing outcomes by race. Health Through Action represented an unprecedented level of investment targeting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiin, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI). Embedded within the foundation’s racial equity portfolio, it was the first time a private-sector foundation joined forces with a national AA and NHPI organization to acknowledge and address health disparities facing this population.

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Building Panethnic Coalitions in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: Opportunities & Challenges

Building Panethnic Report CoverThis paper is one in a series of evaluation products emerging from SPR’s evaluation of Health Through Action (HTA), a $16.5 million, four-year, W.K. Kellogg Foundation supported initiative to reduce disparities and advance healthy outcomes for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) children and families.

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2013 Strong Field Project Evaluation Report – Executive Summary

2013 SFP Evaluation Report CoverIn 2010, domestic violence (DV) service organizations in California faced considerable economic and political upheaval. One of the most significant DV public funding programs in California was cut, forcing agencies to close or lay off staff and mobilize emergency fundraising and advocacy campaigns.  In response, in 2010, Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) launched the Strong Field Project (SFP), a 4-year, multi–million dollar statewide, collaborative effort to build a strong, coordinated network of DV service providers in California. The SFP has a three-pronged approach: (1) a leadership development program, (2) organizational strengthening grants, and (3) network building and knowledge sharing. In this report, we look at how the contours of the California DV landscape have changed since the SFP’s inception and how the SFP continues to impact the individual, organizational, and field levels.

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Evaluation of DCYF’s Specialized Teen, Youth-Led Philanthropy, and Youth-Led Organizing Programming: Mid-Project Report

DCYF Teen Mid-Project Report Cover This project is evaluating educational and youth development outcomes for youth participating in 68 after school programs in San Francisco. Data sources include phone interviews at 17 “case study” programs, site visits to 12 “best practice” programs, an online youth survey and an examination of administrative data from the San Francisco Unified School District.

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Evaluation of DCYF’s Youth Workforce Development (YWD) Programming: Mid-Project Report

DCYF YWD Mid-Project Report CoverThis project is documenting the outcomes of high school youth participating in more than 30 school-based programs in San Francisco. SPR is assessing youth employment and educational outcomes using client data systems and academic data from the San Francisco Unified School District.

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The California Endowment’s Diversity in Health Evaluation Project

The California Endowment's Diversity in Health Evaluation ProjectOne in a series of publications from The California Endowment’s Diversity in Health Evaluation Project, this resource guide was designed to assist foundation staff with conceptualizing and commissioning evaluations of initiatives and programs in diverse communities.

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