Day Two: Impact of Basic Skills Program Participation-Research Design
Submitted by Cynthia Zafft on October 20, 2015 - 10:37am
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Greetings, Steve and Community Colleagues!
Welcome to Day Two of our discussion! I want to begin with some of the questions that came up yesterday in the webinar and in the community. They speak to the research design and I think Steve can help us here.
I think most of us read about studies in which researchers approach and partner with adult education programs to study teachers and adult learners but The Impact of ABS Program Participation Study has a different design (the 10,000 robo calls got my attention). For those who were unable to attend the webinar, would you describe how people were located for the study? And, why that method was used?
Then, here are two questions from David Rosen, Moderator of the Program Management group, that touch on how other states might replicate the study.
1. Is it possible for other states to capture data to determine what the economic impact is of adults who have dropped out of school and who later enroll in ABS programs, and to compare those outcomes with school dropouts who do not participate in an ABS program?
2. If so, how?
And, if possible, would you address questions by Dolores and Patricia:
3. From Dolores Perin: Was it within the scope of the study to look at the relationship between any increase in reading scores, and increase in wages, in combination with, or separately from, program participation?
4. From Patricia Meierdiercks: Did any of the program participants receive services through corrections?
Postsecondary Completion Moderator