Author Archives: Social Policy Research Associates

Orientation to the CEMETS Apprenticeship Reform Lab

There is a rising tide of interest in modernizing and expanding apprenticeships in California as a strategy to fight income inequality and address a growing jobs-skills mismatch. California’s Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom has set an ambitious goal to increase apprenticeships from 84,000 to 500,000 by 2029, but what will it take to achieve that goal? The Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems (CEMETS) Reform Lab in Switzerland helps states and countries around the world with challenges like this, drawing on evidence Continue reading →

2018: Year in Review

This year SPR staff logged thousands of hours partnering with our clients to, amongst other things, lead a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit; conduct a regional scan to explore individualized learning across three Midwest states; and participate in conversations around the possibility of bringing apprenticeship to a larger scale within California and the U.S. Below we share a subset of our work in this Year-in-Review. For the new year, we look forward to continuing to be thought partners with our clients and engaging with the Continue reading →

Come Join SPR at APPAM!

Come join SPR as we share our insights at the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) 2018 Fall Research Conference, Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement, from November 8-10, 2018 in Washington DC. Follow @social_policy and #2018APPAM on Twitter for updates and reflections. Please join us for the following sessions: Thursday, November 8, 2018: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Panel: Providing Public Workforce Services to Job Seekers: The WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program Gold Standard Evaluation Madison A – Mezz Level (Mariott Wardman Park) Continue reading →

See you at AEA 2018!

SPR is excited to share our insights at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) 2018 Annual Conference,  Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power, from October 29th – November 3rd 2018, in Cleveland, OH. Follow @social_policy on Twitter for updates and reflections from #Eval18. Please join us for the following sessions: Wednesday, October 31, 2018: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Fostering Early Field Building: Evaluating Seeds of an Emerging Field Veterans Meeting Room C (Hilton Cleveland) SPR Staff: Traci Endo Inouye, Rachel Estrella Thursday, November Continue reading →

Skills for Success: Apprenticeship and the Future of Work

SPR is thrilled to help coordinate Skills for Success: Apprenticeship and the Future of Work, an afternoon event that is part of a weeklong festival called Zurich Meets San Francisco. When:       Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 2:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Where:      Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94511 [Map] Skills for Success will focus on how dual education and training systems can help engage untapped talent in California and help prepare us all for the future of work. With tight labor markets Continue reading →

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 →

Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap

Findings from Two Advanced Manufacturing Community College Career Pathways Training Programs Career pathways programs have the potential to transform the educational and labor market landscape of the manufacturing sector. SPR conducted multiple evaluations of Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT)-funded career pathways programs, including the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM) initiative and the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium (AMMQC) initiative, both of which focused on helping to close the skills gap in manufacturing. Findings across both initiatives suggest close coordination Continue reading →

Remaking Apprenticeship for the Modern Workforce

SPR’s Kristin Wolff and Vinz Koller will be talking about Remaking Apprenticeship for the Modern Workforce at the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers Fall Conference in Portland, Oregon on October 19th and 20th. They will identify key opportunities and challenges in modernizing and scaling apprenticeship and share ongoing lessons and findings from California’s $30M effort to reimagine apprenticeship for the modern era. On Friday, October 20th, they will be part of an Expert Panel: “21st Century Apprenticeships – Public-Private Partnerships that Work” moderated by Dr. Continue reading →

How REACH Supports First Gen Students’ Transition to College

This blog post was written by Sengsouvanh (Sukey) Leshnick of Social Policy Research Associates. SPR released a report highlighting outcomes of an experiential education program funded by the Orfalea Foundation. REACH (Resilience, Education, Adventure, Community and Health) is a four-year program for motivated low- to middle-income students from California’s Santa Barbara County. The program worked to establish a foundation for thriving adulthood by supporting youth in their development as “whole people” and aiding them to lead “lives of purposeful action, continuous learning and courageous pursuit Continue reading →

Sharing Our Work at Evaluation 2017

We’re looking forward to sharing our work and joining the conversation at the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action from November 8-11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Follow along with the conversation over Twitter @social_policy #Eval2017. For more information, please check out our sessions listed below: Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Examining the Effect of Reentry Programming on Returning Individuals: Reentry Research and the Second Chance Act  SPR Staff: Ronald D’Amico Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM Community Conversations: Engaging Continue reading →