|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, Ph.D|
|Sponsor(s):||Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and Houston Center for Literacy|
|Project Duration:||July 2016 -September 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), with support from the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (LCCT), will conduct an evaluation of English@Work’s benefits and costs for participating employers, a required component of LCCT’s grant from the Houston Center for Literacy-English@Work which was launched as a small nonprofit in Austin in 2005 and was subsumed by the LCCT in January 2014, is a unique approach to teaching English-language skills by contextualizing, customizing, and providing them in the workplace. Early results indicated that this approach substantially outperformed more traditional approaches that rely heavily on classroom instruction, provide few hours of actual instruction per week, and/or fail to contextualize and tailor instruction in the setting and language of the workplace. Students made larger gains on various literacy measure more quickly than these more traditional approaches. And, students indicated that they felt more motivated to learn in a cohort of their peers that was situated within their workplace. After three years evolving and growing under the auspices of the LCCT, the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Site-based Workplace Literacy Project has provided grant funding to scale up English@Work in Austin and expand it to the Houston area over the period from May 2016 to June 2017. The grant from TWC will support literacy and career services for more than 700 participants and plans to provide credentials or certificates of completion for around 490 of these participants over the grant period.
The RMC evaluation will address two questions, as follows:
This evaluation strives to capture near-term outcomes and ROI for employers whose employees receive English@Work services within the resources available to the grant. Outcomes will largely be based on employer perceptions of the results within a relatively immediate timeframe. A more comprehensive evaluation is planned for the future if additional funding can be secured.
|Reports Available:|| Employer Benefits and Costs of English@Work Participation
Authors: Christopher T. King and Cynthia Juniper
Date: September 2017
Publication Type: Report, 48pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Project Duration:||September 2016 – September 2017
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), with support from Nuru International (NI), will assist NI Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) with the methodology, tools, and data analysis of its integrated programming model in Ethiopia and Kenya. RMC will provide technical guidance on measurement and data collection for the Multidimensional Poverty Index along with quantitative data analysis of NI’s Multidimensional Poverty Survey (MPI). The key questions being asked this first year are:
|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.