|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD
|Sponsor:||United States Department of Labor and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
|Project Duration:||February 2013 – November 2016
|Description:||Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) is a consortium of five community colleges that are collaborating to address labor shortages in the state’s energy sector. Leaders from these institutions are equipping workers with post-secondary certificates and credentials in order to meet employers’ needs for a skilled workforce, as well as to help ensure that workers can access and succeed in this rapidly expanding sector. To this end, TREND will pursue the following strategies:1. Develop new and enhanced curricula and credentials to help students find jobs in oil and gas, transportation and building and construction trades in North Dakota;2. Redesign the program development and delivery systems provided by the colleges to support more flexible and technology-enabled learning; and
3. Offer enhanced student support services and career navigation to increase retention and placement.
The Ray Marshall Center (RMC) has joined with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) as an external program evaluator for this project. In order to determine how TREND is implemented, as well as its outcomes, CSW and RMC have proposed an integrated evaluation approach that includes both an implementation and an impact evaluation. This grant is funded by the Department of Labor and will run through 2016.
|Principal Investigator:||Dan O’Shea, MA
Co-principal Investigator Heath J. Prince, PhD
|Sponsor:||Housing Authority of the City of Austin|
|Project Duration:||January 2013 – December 2013|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center has been awarded a contract to conduct a detailed process analysis of the Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Program administered by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA). The ROSS Program supports Priority One programs that connect public housing residents with workforce development and supportive services available through community-based partnerships. The evaluation will include a detailed examination of client flow, services, partnerships, and outcomes, as well as forms and procedures for client intake, initial assessment, case management, and program performance measurement. The ROSS Services Delivery Assessment Report will be completed June, 2013. Heath Prince and Dan O’Shea are serving as co-principal investigators for the project.|
|Reports Available:||Assessing the Resident Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency Program of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Authors: Dan O’Shea and Heath Prince
Date: August 2013
Publication Type: Report, 38pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Jobs for the Future, US Department of Labor|
|Project Duration:||September 2012 – October 2016|
|Description:||Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce: Expanding the Border for Lower Skilled Adults (GROW) is a bold and ambitious “Type B” project to transform the workforce development system in a five-WIB region along the Texas-Mexico border. The Border Workforce Alliance (BWA) – a consortium comprised of the Cameron, Lower Rio, Middle Rio, South Texas, and Upper Rio Workforce Investment Boards – are partnering with regional employers, one-stop operators, community colleges, training providers, and community-based organizations, and with national workforce intermediary Jobs for the Future, to align and strengthen workforce system components to accelerate credential attainment and career entry by lower-skilled adults and meet the skilled workforce needs of key industry sector employers.|
|Reports Available:||Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce (Project GROW): Final Evaluation Report
Authors: Ashweeta Patnaik, Dan O’Shea, and Heath Prince
Date: October 2016
Publication Type: Final Evaluation Report, 77pp.
Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce: Project G.R.O.W. Goes to Seed in the Texas-Mexico Border Areas
Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce: Project G.R.O.W. Taking Root in the Texas-Mexico Border Areas
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel G. Schroeder, PhD
|Sponsor:||Texas Office of the Attorney General, Office of Child Support Enforcement|
|Partner:||Child and Family Planning Research Partnership|
|Project Duration:||June 2011 – August 2016|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center is conducting a program evaluation to measure the impacts of the Integrated Child Support System (ICSS) that requires those getting divorced or separated to be referred to the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for IV-D child support services. Operating under a waiver from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in 17 counties, the ICSS changes the default action from opt-in to opt-out in order to increase participation in IV-D services, raise child support compliance, and avoid the accumulation of child support debt.The evaluation will report on child support compliance over time, including amount of payment and stability of payment as well as enforcement actions taken, cost effectiveness, and reasons parents choose to opt out.Researchers will conduct the waiver evaluation using a combination of random assignment and comparison site evaluation designs to measure the impacts of the waiver at statewide and county-level operational scales in Texas. The evaluation will use multiple data sets, including OAG administrative records data for determining child support case characteristics, child support obligations, collections, and enforcement actions; Unemployment Insurance (UI) quarterly wage records, U.S. Census data, county level child support data, and other data sources.|
|Reports Available:||Texas Integrated Child Support System: Final Evaluation Report
Authors: Daniel Schroeder and Ashweeta Patnaik.
Date: August 2016
Publication Type: Report, 113pp.
|Principal Investigators:||Deanna Schexnayder, MBA and Christopher T. King, PhD
|Sponsors:||Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board|
|Research Partner:||The University of Texas at Dallas|
|Project Duration:||September 2007 – August 2012|
|Description:||The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and its partners — including the Ray Marshall Center — have established an Education Research Center (ERC), sponsored by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which will conduct research for the benefit of education in Texas, as authorized by Section 1.005 of the Texas Education Code. Current approved projects are:
Project 1: College Readiness, Transition, and Performance
The Ray Marshall Center will use linked high school and postsecondary education records, in combination with variables developed from the TEA AEIS public database to determine the rates of graduation and college enrollment for seniors in Texas school districts and factors associated with successful transitions to postsecondary education. Statistical models that were developed in a similar project that used different data sources will be run on data obtained from the ERC data warehouse to test the degree to which findings are consistent across the different data sets and available variables used in the two separate projects.
Project 2: An Analysis of Early Education Factors Associated with School Success in the Elementary Years
Ray Marshall Center researchers will conduct an exploratory analysis of the relationship between participation in pre-kindergarten and success in the early school years. Outcome measures to be used in this phase of the analysis will be either 1st grade passing rates or 3rd grade performance on TAKS tests, depending on the years of TEA data available in the ERC data warehouse at the time that the study is conducted.
|Reports Available:||Study of Early Education in Texas: The Relationship of Pre-K Attendance to 3rd Grade Test Results
Authors: Aletha Huston, Anjali Gupta, and Deanna Schexnayder
Date: March 2012
Publication Type: Report, 51 pp.
Factors Associated with Education and Work after High School for the Classes of 2008 and 2009
Authors: Greg Cumpton, Deanna Schexnayder, and Christopher T. King; with assistance from Chandler Stolp
Date: February 2012
Publication Type: Report, 93pp.
|Principal Investigators:||Christopher T. King, PhD and Tara Smith, MPA
|Sponsor:||TG Public Benefit Program|
|Research Partners:||E3 Alliance|
|Project Duration:||October 2011 – August 2012|
|Description:||In partnership with E3 Alliance, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is participating in the Central Texas College Access and Persistence Program Evaluation. The evaluation seeks to increase regional capacity to provide critical and effective support to traditionally underrepresented college students to help ensure that they enter college and persist in their studies through completion. The project has two primary goals: 1) to increase Austin College Access Network (ACAN) member awareness of the nature and breadth of college access and persistence services offered in Central Texas and identify service gaps; and 2) to increase the capacity of ACAN member organizations for program evaluation and continuous improvement activities.
Under the project, RMC will:
|Reports Available:||Central Texas College Access and Persistence Program Evaluation: Outcomes and Impacts Summary Report
Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date: January 2013
Publication Type: Report, 72pp.Initial Evaluation Findings: Central Texas College Access and Persistence Programs
Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date: May 31, 2012
Publication Type: Report, 47pp.
Information Brief: Common Definitions
The Ray Marshall Center’s 2010-2011 project with the Austin College Access Network, as well as available reports, are accessible via this link: ACAN – “Staying Powers” Project
|Principal Investigators:||Christopher T. King, PhD and Robert W. Glover, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Austin Area Research Organization|
|Project Duration:||January 2012 – June 2012|
|Description:||The Workforce Potential Project, an initiative of the Social Equity Committee of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), aims to better align the local human capital supply and projected industry demand in support of economic growth in Central Texas. WPP targets area residents 25 years and older with some postsecondary achievement to obtain an associate’s degree or certification that will enable them to qualify for high-demand, high-wage jobs offering opportunities for stable employment and career advancement.
AARO engaged the Ray Marshall Center to conduct in-depth labor market research, including identification and analysis of industry sectors and occupations meeting WPP criteria; to prepare of a range of return-on-investment estimates; and to synthesize findings and recommendations for improving and connecting skills, education, and training capacity with projected job opportunities for the target population. The initial report, Workforce Potential Project: Analysis of Labor Market and Provider Capacity, presents the results of this collaborative research effort and provides a basis for advancing WPP toward implementation.
|Reports Available:||The Workforce Potential Project: Analysis of Area Labor Market and Provider Capacity
Authors: Robert W. Glover, Dan O’Shea, Christopher T. King, Laura Stelling, and Richard Fonté
Date: September 2012
Publication Type: Report, 60pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator: Tara Smith, MPA
|Sponsor:||U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration|
|Research Partners:||Texas Workforce Commission|
|Project Duration:||December 2010 – June 2014
|Description:||Texas’ Workforce Data Quality Initiative aims to develop a comprehensive system for analysis of workforce and education participation and outcomes. In partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is working to build, test, improve, and expand data linkages across linked individual-level, longitudinal education, and workforce records. Through this project, researchers will be able to identify and assess postsecondary pathways and transitions between education, employment, and other outcomes for students exiting the public school system as well as analyze the performance of the human capital development system in Texas, spanning secondary education through postsecondary education, and workforce training and employment. Additional data sources that will be linked into workforce and education records include corrections, Vital Statistics, and federal and military employment from the Federal Employment Data Exchange System (FEDES). The project will also identify barriers to linking these data systems and present possible options for addressing these barriers. Outcomes and data from the Workforce Data Quality Initiative will be used to enhance program improvement, performance management, and research. This will provide researchers and local ISD administrators, as well as state and local policy makers, with information that could ultimately be used to improve young adult connections with the workforce system and help students and parents identify career pathways to high-wage employment.|
|Reports Available:||Findings on Student Outcomes: Results from an Employer Survey Pilot Project
Authors: Xueshu (Judy) Chen, Tara Smith, Christopher King, and Kristen Christensen
Date: July 2014
Publication Type: Report, 35pp.
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 7
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 6
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 5
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 4
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 3
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 2
Workforce Data Quality Initiative Research Brief 1
The Texas WDQI Project
TAKS-ing Students? Evaluating Exit Exam Effects on Long-Term Student Outcomes in Texas
The Effects of Institutional Inputs on Time to Degree for Traditional and Nontraditional College Students
Work-study Financial Aid and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Community Colleges in Texas
|Principal Investigator:||Deanna T. Schexnayder|
|Sponsor:||TG Public Benefit Program|
|Research Partners:||E3 Alliance|
|Project Duration:||December 2010 – July 2011|
|Description:||In partnership with E3 Alliance, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) is participating in the Austin College Access Network (ACAN) college persistence project entitled “Staying Powers: Building College Persistence for our Most Challenged Students.” The project’s goal is to conduct a program to enhance the collaboration of participating organizations in the Austin College Access Network to improve college persistence for the region’s low-income and first-generation students at several area colleges and universities. In particular, the program will help establish data capabilities and provide resources for engaging higher education partners to develop shared programming to improve retention.Under the project, RMC will:
|Reports Available:||Development of a Student Tracking System for ACAN Participants
Authors: Deanna Schexnayder, Patty Rodriguez, and Greg Cumpton
Date: January 2012
Publication Type: Report, 9pp.
The Ray Marshall Center’s 2011-2012 project with the Austin College Access Network, as well as available reports, are accessible via this link: ACAN
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Texas Workforce Commission via Skillpoint Alliance|
|Research Partners:||Skillpoint Alliance|
|Project Duration:||April 2010 – June 2011|
|Description:||Skillpoint Alliance’s Gateway Allied Health program seeks to train, credential, and provide job placement assistance to under- and unemployed Central Texans in the high-demand allied health sector, focusing on jobs in Medical Insurance Billing and Medical Office/Customer Service. The program employs a rapid training model using curricula directly linked to industry standards, based upon experience with Skillpoint’s successful Construction Gateway program. Participation in Gateway Allied Health is designed to result in industry-recognized credentials. In addition, the program includes a component to help participants learn soft skills to enable them to obtain, retain and advance in the health care industry.
The Ray Marshall Center is evaluating the effectiveness of the Gateway Allied Health program. With Skillpoint and its partners, including Austin Community College, the Center is developing an evaluation strategy appropriate to the size, scope, and nature of the project. The Center is accessing data from the program as well as key state agencies (e.g., Texas Workforce Commission) for the evaluation. Center researchers will produce quarterly reports and a design for continuing to evaluate the Gateway Allied Health program in the future.