|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, Ph.D.
|Sponsors:||Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
|Project Duration:||September 2013 to September 2016|
|Description:||Ray Marshall Center researchers, led by Dr. Christopher King and Tara Smith, are conducting an evaluation of the TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) Advanced Manufacturing Grant to Tulsa Community College (TCC) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with researchers at Ann Arbor-based Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. TCC is strategically aligning workforce, education, and training activities to develop sustainable career pathways in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and other industries with national and/or industry-recognized credentials, as well as offering an array of support services. The evaluation will run through September 2016.|
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD|
|Sponsors:||The Aspen Institute, US Department of Labor
|Project Duration:||May 2013 to September 2016|
|Description:||The Aspen Institute in collaboration with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin is carrying out a high-quality, non-experimental (comparison cohort) impact analysis and implementation study to provide evidence on the effectiveness of the Gulf Coast IT Pathways Consortium with funding provided by the US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Program. The Consortium, which consists of nine community colleges in Mississippi and Louisiana, is tasked with addressing the challenges facing trade-impacted workers and meeting the high demand for IT workers in their regions.
|Reports Available:||Retraining the Gulf Coast through Information Technology Pathways: Final Impact Evaluation Report
Authors: Ashweeta Patnaik and Heath Prince
Date: September 2016
Publication Type: Report, 68pp
Retraining the Gulf Coast through Information Technology Pathways: Impact Evaluation Interim Report
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD and Monica Faulkner, PhD, LMSW
|Sponsor:||University of Texas Health Science Center and Texas Early Learning Council
|Project Duration:||February 2013 – August 2013|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center in collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute at the UT Social Work department are conducting The Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) Capacity Survey funded by the Texas Early Learning Council. The purpose of the survey is to assess the level of preparedness of new professionals in the early childhood care and education (ECCE) field. The project will survey providers of ECCE working in different settings as well as administrators of higher education programs offering certificates and degrees in the field of ECCE. The research team led by Dr. Heath Prince includes Drs. Monica Faulkner and Daniel Schroeder who have extensive experience in conducting research in the field of ECCE.|
|Reports Available:||Texas Early Childhood Care and Education: Professional Preparation – Survey Data Report
Authors: Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
Date: June 2013
Publication Type: Report, 29pp.
Texas Early Childhood Care and Education: Institutes of Higher Education – Survey Data Report
Texas Early Childhood Care and Education: Institutes of Higher Education – Capacity Survey Final Report
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, Ph.D.|
|Sponsor:||City of Austin|
|Project Duration:||November 2012 – March 2014
|Description:||In June 2009, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced funding for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Congress designated $1.5 billion for communities to provide financial assistance and services to either prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless, or to help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The City of Austin received $3,062,820 to implement its HPRP effort; services began in December 2009 and concluded in December 2011. A total of 2,517 clients were served by three sub-grantees: Caritas of Austin; Austin Tenants’ Council; and Youth and Family Alliance. The City of Austin is funding an evaluation of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) to better understand its outcomes. Specifically, the City is interested in identifying any patterns in the use of other public services by program participants, as well as, to the extent possible, labor market outcomes. This information will help the City further refine its investments in Best Single Source Plus, a multi-million dollar initiative to help stabilize disadvantaged families in Austin, and other social service contracts. RMC researchers will work with the City of Austin to identify participants in HPRP, and to assess the quality of data kept on HPRP participants. RMC researchers will use existing data sharing agreements with state agencies to identify patterns in HPRP participants use of other public services, including TANF, SNAP, UI, job training, emergency utility assistance, etc. RMC researchers will use existing data sharing agreements with the Texas Workforce Commission to examine labor market outcomes for participants.
In addition, RMC researchers will conduct a process analysis of the HPRP program, through site visits, field interviews and document analysis to identify strengths and weaknesses in the HPRP program in terms of its stated mission.
|Reports Available:||Housing 360: Patterns of Program Participation and Outcomes
Authors: Tara Smith, Kristin Christensen, Daniel Schroeder, and Heath Prince
Date: December 2013
Publication Type: Final Report, 36pp.
|Principal Investigator:||Heath J. Prince, PhD
|Sponsor:||Austin Community College|
|Project Duration:||February 2013 – August 2013|
|Description:||The Ray Marshall Center is evaluating Austin Community College’s (ACC) Adult Basic Education Innovation Grant (ABE-IG). ABE-IG aims to prepare unemployed and underemployed adults for career-path employment and post-secondary education in high-demand or targeted occupations. ABE-IG prioritizes its services for lower-skilled, Adult Basic Education students who may or may not have a GED or high school diploma, serving them through integrated entry-level job skills training and Level 1 certificate training. ABE-IG focuses on four distinct career tracks: HVAC, Accounting/Bookkeeping, Nursing, and PC Tech. The ABE-IG model is modeled on Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program, incorporating both a content instructor and a basic skills instructor in the classroom. RMC researchers will share lessons learned with ACC administrators and ABE-IG staff on an ongoing basis, serving a vital continuous program improvement role as well as a strictly evaluative one.|
|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.