|Heath J. Prince, PhD
Ashweeta Patnaik, MPH
|Sponsor:||Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and US Department of Labor|
|Project Duration:||June 2015 – September 2018
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), in collaboration with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW), will be evaluating the efforts of the Mid-South Community College-led Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant for the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW). GMACW’s mission is to help solve Greater Memphis’ skills gap by: aligning training and education programs with employers’ skill requirements, and with each other; connecting employers to cost-effective training and hiring support, and; driving coordination and improved outcomes among providers that serve job candidates.
While CSW is conducting the implementation (formative) evaluation, RMC is carrying out a quasi-experimental comparison cohort (summative) evaluation to measure the impact of these strategies. The impact evaluation conducted by RMC will seek to gauge the “value-added” from these enhanced training pathways.
|Reports Available:||Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) TAACCCT Round 4 Grant: Impact Evaluation Final Report
Author: Ashweeta Patnaik
Date: September 2018
Publication Type: Report, 60pp.
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce) TAACCCT Round 4 Grant: Implementation Evaluation Final Report
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce TAACCCT Round 4 Grant: Interim Impact Evaluation Report
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce TAACCCT Round 4 Grant: Final Impact Evaluation Plan
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||Annie E. Casey Foundation|
|Project Duration:||September 2015 – February 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, proposes to contribute to the literature regarding sector strategies by identifying five Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) that have successfully implemented sector strategies. The aim of this research is to document the processes by which these WIBs have adopted a sector-based approach, and how they have carried out the roles noted above, or other roles that have proven effective. Ultimately, this collection of five case studies will provide guidance for WIBs nationally as they adapt to the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
In addition, the RMC will apply its considerable expertise on the subject of sector-based strategies to assist in the provision of technical assistance to Baltimore’s WIB as it begins to implement sector strategies. This technical assistance will include, but not be limited to, strategic consultation with WIB administrators and staff regarding sector strategies, research as determined by needs identified by the WIB as they relate to sector strategies, presentations to stakeholders of research findings and recommendations for sector strategy implementation, and, potentially, assistance with the creation of brief sector strategy dissemination materials.
|Reports Available:||Promoting the Adoption of Sector Strategies by Workforce Development Boards Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Authors: Heath Prince, Chris King, and Sarah Oldmixon
Date: March 2017
Publication Type: Report, 52pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD
|Sponsor:||The Aspen Institute’s Ascend Program Innovation Fund|
|Project Duration:||December 2012 – April 2015|
|Description:||Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship, featuring the 2012-2013 class of the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, is the culmination of more than two years of collaboration and bold idea development, aimed at building a cycle of intergenerational opportunity in America. The Anthology includes essays from leading practitioners, policymakers and experts, and researchers, capturing the momentum, challenges, and opportunities for two-generation approaches emerging at the local, state, and national levels.
The Anthology features:
|Reports Available:||Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship|
Editors: Dr. Christopher King; Dr. P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale; and Dr. Mario Small
Date: April 2015
Publication Type: Anthology, 172pp
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||The Hitachi Foundation|
|Project Duration:||August 2014 – August 2016
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center, with support and guidance from the Hitachi Foundation, will act on the following activities.
|Reports Available:||Behavioral Economics and Workforce Development: A Review of the Literature from Labor Economics and the Broader Field
Authors: Cynthia J. Juniper and Heath Prince
Date: February 2016
Publication Type: Report, 16pp
|Principal Investigator:||Greg Cumpton, MPA|
|Sponsor(s):||Centers for Disease Control|
|Project Duration:||August 2014 – August 2017
|Description:||The purpose of this work is to link food assistance and other related data from Texas with National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assist in policy planning in the United States. Data to be linked includes Texas Administrative Data Files (TADFs), Texas Food Stamp Program (FSP) records, Texas Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) files, and Unemployment Insurance (UI) files.
This work will be completed in two stages: the first stage of the work, which links data from 2005-2010, will be completed in 2015. The second stage of the work, which links data from 2011-2012, will be completed by August 31, 2016.
|Principal Investigator:||Kelly S. Mikelson, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||Center for Identity, The University of Texas at Austin|
|Project Duration:||October 2014 – March 2015|
|Description:||This 6-month project is funded by and conducted for the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin. The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), which is part of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, is conducting the evaluation led by Kelly Mikelson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Research Scientist, and Christopher T. King, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at RMC. Overall Objectives:
RMC researchers will be conducting in-depth in-person and telephone interviews with the Center for Identity’s key partners, employer representatives, and government agencies in Austin, Washington, DC, and four other cities nationwide. Researchers will be gathering information about education and training needs for identity management, security, and privacy. The information will be used to hone and further develop the Center’s MSIMS degree program and will culminate in a Final Report and recommendations in mid-April 2015.
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel Schroeder, Ph.D.
|Sponsor:||US Department of Agriculture
|Project Duration:||July 2012 to September 2016|
|Description:||The objective of this research is to gain a better understanding of the income trajectories of persons who have experienced job loss and the roles that Unemployment Insurance (UI) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) play in mediating income loss. The research will add to ERS’s understanding of the prevalence and severity of income volatility and how decreases in income associated with job loss may affect decisions regarding SNAP participation and duration of assistance, especially among the working poor. Research results can inform program and policy decisions regarding targeting of program outreach efforts, the interdependence of program budget needs between the nation’s two largest social safety-net programs during different portions of the business cycle, and how duration of available assistance is correlated with future earnings growth.|
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor(s):||US Department of Labor|
|Project Duration:||June 2014 – December 2015
|Description:||The purpose of this project is to conduct background research and to design a demonstration and rigorous evaluation that tests the provision of wage supplements or wage insurance to unemployed individuals. As part of this project, researchers at The Ray Marshall Center will review existing data and research on the topic, identify different options for further research and/or demonstration(s) testing various strategies, and analyze the feasibility of these options. Many dislocated workers experience significant earnings losses when they become reemployed in a new occupation or industry. To mitigate these losses, economists have proposed wage supplements, also called “wage insurance.” As proposed, wage supplements “provide temporary, partial wage supplementation to dislocated workers who lose their jobs due to either a domestic or an international dislocation” (Wandner, 2010, p.448). Wage supplements are proposed to be a complement to unemployment insurance (UI). The UI program protects workers from wage loss while they are unemployed, while wage supplements are designed to protect workers from wage loss after they are reemployed. Wage supplements may encourage dislocated workers to more rapidly accept reemployment since “[u]nder most proposals, affected workers usually receive up to half of their lost wages based on their pre dislocation wage, usually for a period of up to two years” (Ibid.).|
|Reports Available:|| Wage Insurance and Wage Supplements: Final Evaluation Design Report
Authors: Christopher T. King and Kristie Tingle
Date: January 2016
Publication Type: Report, 16pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Project Duration:||June 2014 – May 2015
|Description:||The purpose of this research is to determine whether parental participation in Capital IDEA increased the share of participants’ children who completed high school and entered college upon graduation, and furthermore whether that participation increased the share of children who persist in and complete college. Additionally, this research examines whether participation in Capital IDEA enhances the parent/child relationship in ways that may increase the future likelihood of high school graduation and college enrollment among younger children. By matching student outcome data to parents participating in Capital IDEA programs, this project will contribute to the field of education by assessing whether or not particular program characteristics among Capital IDEA participants had a strong effect on the educational outcomes of their children, who were enrolled in greater Austin area high schools and graduated between 2006 and 2012. Little is known about the effects on older children of participation in education and training programs that lead to enhanced career advancement and improved earnings for parents. Findings that children of Capital IDEA participants had stronger educational attainment outcomes than their comparison group counterpart peers would indicate that two-generation strategies may be an effective strategy to close achievement gaps.|
|Reports Available:|| Measuring Two-Generation Effects of Capital IDEA Program Participation
Authors: Kristin Christensen and Tara Smith
Date: May 2015
Publication Type: Report, 9pp
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD (RMC) and Christopher N. Avery (Harvard)|
|Sponsor(s):||Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Harvard University|
|Project Duration:||July 2014 – June 2017
|Description:||This project includes two parts: the first focuses on digital messaging to improve FAFSA completion and the second focuses on digital messaging on the entire college application process.
Successful completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a key milestone on the pathway to college for many US students. Yet, the complexity of the FAFSA completion process creates barriers to college access and success particularly for students from low-income backgrounds and those who would be the first in their family to attend college. For example, college-intending students may fail to file their FAFSA at all, may delay filing and miss priority deadlines, or may fail to successfully complete steps in the income verification process, if required. In this project, we will marry data available through Apply TX on individual students’ FAFSA completion status, local FAFSA completion supports, and text messaging as a low-cost and effective means of communication to provide students and families with targeted information about the FAFSA and their status in the FAFSA completion process and to connect them with additional FAFSA support when needed. We will implement this project in selected high schools during the 2014-2015 academic year. Outreach will focus on Class of 2015 high school seniors.
The second part of this project will follow a similar structure but will broaden the scope of the text-based outreach. In particular, we will send text messages to students beginning in their junior year of high school and continuing through the summer after their senior year in high school. The goal of the messages is threefold: (1) to provide college and financial aid information in a simplified, digestible manner; (2) to deliver timely reminders of important application and financial aid tasks; and (3) to provide students with guidance on how to successfully complete these tasks.
By starting outreach early in the college admissions timeline, we will be able to message students about a broad range of college-related tasks, including college entrance exam registration and test taking, college applications, FAFSA completion, and pre-matriculation college transition tasks (e.g., signing master promissory notes).