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The TAACCCT program had a strong focus on evidence-based practice and evaluation. The Department conducted a multi-faceted national evaluation of the TAACCCT projects to inform workforce development policy and advance DOL’s mission to help the nation's employers and workers.  In addition, the Department required grantees to incorporate evidence-based design into their projects and, beginning in Round 2, to retain an independent, third-party evaluator to design and execute a rigorous evaluation of each funded project.  The aim was for grantees to develop new evidence on effective workforce education and training strategies that could be replicated broadly.

National Evaluation

The national evaluation of TAACCCT grants adds evidence on what works in workforce development and community college training.  Composed of four components—an implementation study, an outcomes study, a synthesis of grantee third-party evaluation findings, and an employer perspectives study—the national evaluation provides lessons on program implementation, capacity building at community colleges, and the effectiveness of strategies on participants’ education and employment outcomes.

Find all components here as well as below.   

Available TAACCCT National Evaluation Publications

    Outcomes Reports
    Reports of nine Round 4 grantees using survey data and administrative records to better understand the characteristics of TAACCCT participants, their service receipt, and their education and employment outcomes.

    Synthesis Reports
    Reports that aim to draw a national picture of the implementation of the TAACCCT capacity-building strategies and build evidence of the effectiveness of the strategies on participants’ education and employment outcomes.

    Employer Perspectives
    Studies of employer relationships with selected employer-partners to better understand employers’ perspectives on how to develop and maintain strong relationships with colleges.

    Implementation Reports and Topic Briefs
    Reports that analyze the service delivery approaches developed and the systems changed through the grants based on a survey of colleges and visits to selected colleges.

    Grantee Third-party Evaluations

    As a requirement, grantees procured third-party researchers to conduct evaluations of their projects. The Department  strongly encouraged grantees to use rigorous methodologies, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

    Rounds 1-4 grantee-procured third-party evaluation reports are available on SkillsCommons under the "Final Program Report" material type.

    The New America Foundation conducted a meta-analysis of TAACCCT third-party evaluations to estimate the impact of TAACCCT grants on student outcomes, which it published in October 2019.  See https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/collections/taaccct/ for the meta-analysis, as well as additional material on TAACCCT.

    Selected third-party evaluators wrote chapters for “Large Scale Change: Lessons Learned from TAACCCT,” published in December 2020 as part of New Directions for Community Colleges, no. 193 (fee required for full access).

    For research on the effectiveness of community college policies and programs related to improving academic persistence, degree/certificate completion, and labor market outcomes of community college students, visit the community college topic area of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR).  The newly refreshed community college topic area covers impact evaluations from multiple sources from 1994-2019, and includes a number of TAACCCT third-party evaluations which can be found by searching for “TAACCCT.”

    For further curated research on community college programs, search "TAACCCT" on WorkforceGPS for resources and reports on the TAACCCT Program, developed by TAACCCT grantees, evaluators, and other organizations, and shared on ETA's Workforce Systems Strategies.