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APPAM Professional Member Update - March 2019

Highlights for Professional members: Spring at APPAM means forums, the final weeks for Fall Research Conference submissions, and the opening of registration for two conferences.


APPAM Institutional Member Forum - Career Pathways Programs: What We Know and Where We Should Go From Here

February 22, 2019 09:27 AM
hosted by
Abt Associates Inc.
May 1, 2019
A large segment of APPAM’s membership conducts evaluation research, with substantive focus on employment, unemployment, and strategies for improving economic outcomes for those along the lower rungs of the labor market. Within this broader area fall career pathways programs and efforts.

Career pathways approaches offer articulated education and training steps between occupations in an industry sector, combined with support services, to enable individuals to enter and exit training within a pathway at various levels and to advance over time to higher skills, recognized credentials, and better jobs with higher pay. Recent years have witnessed a rapid growth of both career pathways program development and the body of research, much of it rigorous, examining the effectiveness of the approach. This creates an urgent need to both incorporate this new evidence into policy and practice and focus future research on unanswered questions identified through these studies. 

In response, this forum aims to bring together researchers, government, practitioners, and the policy community to examine the state of knowledge, including recent rigorous evaluations, priorities for future research, and implications for policy and practice. The intended audience is in line with APPAM’s core membership of professionals interested in the policy and practice of workforce development strategies, particularly for low-income individuals. 

The half-day agenda is as follows:

• David Johnson, APPAM Past President, University of Michigan
Introduction: Overview of Career Pathways
Moderator: Julie Strawn, Abt Associates
• “The Job Training Context for Career Pathways Programs and their Evaluation” - Dan Bloom, MDRC 
• “What Do We Know About Career Pathways Programs” - Julie Strawn, Abt Associates 
Impacts of Career Pathways Programs To Date
Moderator: Laura Peck, Abt Associates
• Laura Peck, Abt Associates, “Impact Findings from the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) Program Evaluation”
• Karen Gardiner, Abt Associates, “Impact Findings from Pathways to Advancing Careers & Education (PACE) Evaluation”
• Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania, “Impact Findings from Year Up” 
• Richard Hendra, MDRC, “Impact Findings from Work Advance” 
Discussion of the Implications Career Pathways Findings for Practice and Research (Discussants to consider: What are implications of the findings to date for future policy, program design and implementation? What are the key, open questions for future research? How do other important training strategies such as on-the-job training, coaching, apprenticeship, for example, complement or fit into the career pathways framework?) 
Moderator: Karin Martinson, Abt Associates  
• Mark Fucello, Director, Division of Economic Independence, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• Tom Brock, Community College Research Center, New York, NY
• Brian Stewart, Dean of Education and Biomedical Sciences, Dean of Student Success, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
Concluding Remarks




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