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Current Study

TAACCCT National Evaluation

Purpose:

To evaluate the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program. The national evaluation of Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the TAACCCT grant program uses a mixed-method design, including formal implementation analysis, performance assessment, assessment of evaluation ability, and synthesis of third-party evaluations.

Study Goals:

  • Describe the service delivery and/or system reform innovations implemented by TAACCCT grantees that resulted in improved employment and earnings for participants.
    • Examine the strategies and models can most effectively be replicated.
  • Identify emerging ideas related to training, service delivery, and/or system reform that are promising candidates for further rigorous evaluation.
    • Examine which of these strategies are likely to be most effective, and under what conditions.
  • Identify future research on the country's public workforce system, and workforce development in general, based on lessons learned from the TAACCCT grants program.

Tasks:

  • Review and summarize grantee applications and evaluation plans and coordinate with grantee evaluators to finalize evaluation designs.
  • Compile information about each grantee and their programs, and develop and maintain a grantee database.
  • Conduct implementation analysis of the TAACCCT initiative, including a field-based analysis of a subset of grantees and a survey of all colleges.
  • Synthesize grantees' third-party evaluation findings and identify lessons and promising practices.

Project Duration: 5 years

Contract End Date: June 2018

Contractors: Urban Institute with subcontracts to George Washington University, Capital Research Corporation, NORC at the University of Chicago, and Jobs for the Future

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