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Current Study

Evaluation of Round 4 of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program

Purpose:

  • To conduct an implementation and outcomes analysis of colleges included within the Round 4 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees.
  • To conduct data collection and analysis to understand employer relationships under TAACCCT.
  • To review, synthesize, and analyze the deliverables of the third-party evaluations of the Round 4 grants.

Background:

  • On April 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $450 million in grant funds to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers. This was the fourth round of funding for the TAACCCT program.
  • The Round 4 TAACCCT grantees are required to conduct a third-party evaluation. Grantees must also participate in a national evaluation.
  • There is a current national mixed-method evaluation underway for Rounds 1, 2, and 3 that includes an evaluability assessment, implementation analysis, and review and synthesis of third-party evaluation designs and findings.

Potential Research Questions:

  • What service delivery and/or system reform innovations are related to successful outcomes for participants? Under what conditions do findings from this study indicate effective replication in the future?
  • What are the types of emerging ideas for service delivery change and/or system reform that seem the most promising for further research? Under what conditions are these ideas most effective?
  • What impacts were achieved by the participants of the TAACCCT Round 4 grantees' training programs?
  • What constitutes "strong" employer relationships for workforce development initiatives like TAACCCT? How can the U.S. Department of Labor support and leverage these relationships across the workforce system?

Project Duration: 60 months

Contract End Date: September 2019

Contractor: Abt Associates Inc.

For More Information: CHIEFEVALUATIONOFFICE@DOL.GOV