INNOVATIVE THINKING
RIGOROUS APPROACHES
REAL WORLD IMPACT

 

Dr. Kay Magill

Dr. Magill (Ph.D., Communication Research, Stanford University) has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation and policy analysis, and has played lead roles on numerous studies of employment and training, education, and workforce preparation programs for federal, state and local agencies that include the US Departments of Labor (DOL), Education (ED), and Health and Human Services (HHS). She currently leads IMPAQ’s participation in the Evaluation of DOL’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), which is designed to expand the capacity of the public workforce system to serve customers with disabilities and to promote system change; her work on the DEI evaluation includes leading the qualitative analysis and reporting for the study and directing IMPAQ staff in conducting site visits, phone interviews, and qualitative data analysis. She also is Co-Principal Investigator for The Evaluation of AJC Accessibility to Persons with Disabilities, a multi-method (survey, site visits, focus groups) evaluation of the accessibility of DOL’s American Job Center (AJC) services to individuals with disabilities, and is a senior researcher for the Evaluation of Design it-Build it-Ship Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. Dr. Magill has played a key role on dozens of other projects to evaluate different aspects of the workforce development system, including analyses of employment and training programs and services for unemployed and underemployed workers, individuals with limited English proficiency, adults and youth with disabilities, individuals living in rural areas, and other disadvantaged populations. She also has led education projects/tasks that include assessment of ED’s Rural and Low-Income Schools program and support for Federal monitoring of the states’ implementation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Much of Dr. Magill’s research has focused on identifying promising strategies for policy and program improvement. Toward this end, she has frequently designed, organized, and conducted focus groups and listening sessions with individuals of diverse backgrounds, including people with significant disabilities; women in welfare-to-work programs; non-English speaking Medicaid recipients; and Native Americans in rural communities. Dr. Magill has also produced and provided guidance on research-based technical assistance products and services, for example, for DOL’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, for which she developed program documentation and dissemination tools to encourage adoption of grantee models, practices, and products.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Magill, K. (2016, October). Using Survey Research to Measure the Accessibility of the Public Workforce System to Customers with Disabilities. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Magill, K. & Toms Barker, L. (2016, April). ​Increasing Employment of Persons with Disabilities through Section 503: Affirmative Strategies that Work. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Magill, K. & Toms Barker, L. (2016, April). ​Promising Practices and Innovations in the Public Workforce System. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Magill, K. & Toms Barker, L. (2016, April). ​Toward an Accessible and Inclusive Public Workforce System. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Magill, K. & Toms Barker, L. (2015, May). Removing Roadblocks to an Accessible Workforce System. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Toms Barker, L., Magill, K. & Chamberlain, A. (2015, November). Disclosing Disability to Access Opportunities through the Workforce Development System. Presentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Miami, FL.

Magill, K. & Chamberlain, A. (2015, November). Getting it Right: A Rigorous Assessment of the Accessibility of the Public Workforce System. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Magill, K. & Toms Barker, L. (2015, May). It Takes a Village: The Beacon Hill Village Model of Interdependent Living. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Toms Baker, L. & Magill, K. (2014). Career Pathways: Transition from School to Work and Lifelong Learning. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference On Disability and Diversity,  Honolulu, HI.

Magill, K. & Toms Barker, L. (2014). Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships That Support In(ter)dependent Living. Presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference On Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Magill, K. (2014). Sustainability as Systems Change: Evaluating Sustainable Impacts of the Disability Employment Initiative. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.