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Project

Review of Approaches to Education and Training Program Scorecards

Official Title
Comparing State and National Approaches to Education and Training Program Scorecards
Location(s)
Columbia, MD
Dates
6/2014 – 12/2016
Market
Workforce Development Practice Areas
Practice Areas
Scorecards
Workforce Issues
Services
Policy/Program Analysis
Applied Research Studies
Feasibility Studies
Client
U.S. Department of Labor
Methodologies
Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting

IMPAQ worked to understand the feasibility of using a national approach to the development of state scorecard systems for education and training programs. We also looked at how that approach compares to the approach typically used by states and assessing the advantages and disadvantages of state and national approaches to scorecards.

We worked with three states to obtain individual-level data on trainees, which we will match to a national database of earnings records. This represents one of the first efforts to compare earnings measures based on state and national data sources. The results will help policy makers assess the potential for implementing a national approach to scorecards, and ultimately provide American workers with better information about the training and education programs available to them.

This is the second of two scorecards-related studies we have implemented for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In the first, we reviewed the progress of select states toward developing scorecard systems and identified factors crucial to their success.

Our team included senior researchers with decades of experience conducting research on workforce development topics. The two senior members include a researcher with a master’s degree in public policy and a Ph.D. economist. Both have worked in senior roles on numerous DOL-funded projects, including our first scorecard study.