CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance® and San Antonio’s Project QUEST were featured in a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) poverty and inequality report published online on April 24, 2018 titled “Promising Policies Could Reduce Economic Hardship, Expand Opportunity for Struggling Workers” which details promising practices for reducing economic hardship. The report, written by CBPP’s Senior Policy Analyst Tazra Mitchell, can be viewed here.
The Ray Marshall Center has had an ongoing partnership with CAP Tulsa and Northwestern University (as well as partners at NYU and Columbia) to evaluate a sectoral, career pathway workforce strategy for the parents of young children in high-quality early childhood education in Tulsa. Center researchers led a team that designed the strategy in 2008-2009. You can view the details of the partnership here.
In addition, Ray Marshall Center researchers (the late Bob McPherson and Brian Deaton) worked with COPS/Metro to design Project QUEST in San Antonio in the early 1990s; the design report can be accessed here. In 1995, QUEST was recognized with an Innovations in American Government Award by Harvard University. Over the past twenty-five years, the sector strategy design that began in San Antonio spread to other communities as part of a concerted effort by the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation network and includes Capital IDEA in Austin, VIDA in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and ARRIBA in El Paso.
The Ray Marshall Center has recently entered into a partnership with Economic Mobility Corporation, Inc. to build on their evaluation of Project QUEST. You can view the details of that partnership here.