Your noteworthy news & updates:
September 2018 

Dear Subscriber,
It has been an active several months since our last update. We have expanded our international work, deepened our domestic work, and added a few new names to our list of partners. Importantly, we have also published several new reports and articles that provide new insight into some of the more difficult public policy issues-- youth unemployment, poverty reduction, and connecting education to employment, among others. Of particular honor is our new partnership with Austin Community College, the Office of the Mayor for the City of Austin, the Travis County Judge's Office, and Workforce Solutions Capital Area in KLRU's American Graduate project, which documents and broadcasts the effort required for Central Texans to advance in the labor market, as well as the highly effective local resources made available to them. 
The Ray Marshall Center envisions a world where sound, responsible policies and programs reduce poverty and advance human potential. 
Thank you for your interest, and please stay in touch.

Heath J. Prince, PhD,  Director

Recent RMC News
Dr. Prince and team participate in initiative supporting RMC's behavioral economics intervention in Northern Jordan

On February 20th and 21st of this year, Dr. Heath Prince led his research team's participation in the official launch workshop for the initiative supporting RMC's behavioral economics intervention in Northern Jordan with support from Jordan University for Science and Technology (JUST).  The project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and is one of several similar experiments in a larger initiative supported by Share-Net Jordan and Share-Net International.  Read more about the workshop here.  
2Gen article co-authored by Chris King published in Russell Sage Foundation journal

RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King was part of a group that authored a paper titled "A Two-Generation Human Capital Approach to Anti-poverty Policy" that has been published in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.  The paper was published online in the February 2018 special issue on innovative anti-poverty interventions and was co-authored by Teresa Eckrich Sommer (Northwerstern University), Terri J. Sabol (Northwestern University), Elise Chor (Temple University), William Schneider (Northwestern University), P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (Northwestern University), Jeanne Brooks-Gunn (Columbia University), Mario L. Small (Harvard University), Hiro Yoshikawa (New York University), and Dr. King.  Read more about the paper here
Ray Marshall Center among local partners with KLRU on American Graduate grant

On February 13, 2018, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced a grant of $191,790 to KLRU for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness locally.  The station will work with partners in Central Texas*
to assess workforce challenges and opportunities and produce content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrowThe new grant represents the next phase of public media's successful American Graduate initiative, which was launched in 2011 to address the nation's dropout rate.   
*The Ray Marshall Center is proud to be one of the local partners, joining Austin Community College, the  Office of the Mayor of the City of Austin,  Travis County Judge's Office, and  Workforce Solutions Capital Area in the grant. 
Read more about the partners and initiative here
UNRISD issues research brief on addressing the youth unemployment paradox in the MENA region

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development has issued their December 2017 Project Brief 18.  The case study detailed in the brief is part of the UNRISD research project New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South and investigates the root causes of persistent youth unemployment in the selected Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries and examines the steps being taken by national and international actors to address these challenges.  RMC Director and Research Scientist Dr. Heath Prince is a collaborating member of the research team, along with former RMC alum Amna Khan and Yara Halasa of Brandeis University.  You can view the brief here.  
Recent Partner News
Investing in America's Workforce initiative releases chapters in new book set to launch in early November

How do public investments deliver positive outcomes for training and employment?  How can policy and investment changes align business incentives with public interest in quality jobs?  What kind of digital skills do employees need in this expanding digital world?  What are the results of employer-provided education programs?  What are the prerequisites for effective workforce development policy and practice in a rural context?  How could the cost of worker education/training be shared through alternative financing strategies?  See the answers to these questions and more at, and stay tuned for more chapter releases and the book launch on November 9, 2018.  RMC's Director and Research Scientist Dr. Heath Prince is a contributing author. 

American Graduate video explainer: How to become an electrician

What does it take to become an electrician?  KLRU-TV and the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative have explained the steps in a video explainer that can be viewed here. To read more about the initiative, see updates, and view more videos, please visit the dedicated website.
CareerAdvance and Project QUEST featured in CBPP blog

CAP Tulsa's CareerAdvance® and San Antonio's Project QUEST were featured in a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) poverty and inequality report published online on April 24, 2018 titled "Promising Policies Could Reduce Economic Hardship, Expand Opportunity for Struggling Workers."  The report, written by CBPP's Senior Policy Analyst  Tazra Mitchell, details promising practices for reducing economic hardship and can be viewed here

Read more about RMC's ongoing partnership with CAP Tulsa here

Read more about RMC's recent partnership Economic Mobility Corporation, Inc. to build on their evaluation of Project QUEST here.
Latest RMC Publications
Evaluation of Austin Community College's Strengthening Institutions Program Grant: Annual Outcomes and Impact Report

This report summarizes preliminary findings from the impact evaluation. Findings are based on analyses of comprehensive data on the treatment group and comparison group, made available from the institutional research data system at ACC. The report describes the participants served by the ACC SIP grant and examines participation patterns. The report presents early findings from the outcomes analysis, followed by a chapter outlining the impact analysis approach and presenting partial impact findings. The report concludes with a chapter summarizing key preliminary findings and outlining next steps for the evaluation.  Read more about the report here
2017 Nuru Ethiopia Impact Report

Since 2016, RMC has been providing technical assistance to support Nuru International's monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team.  The Center's experience and expertise supports Nuru's work in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Nigeria by demonstrating the effectiveness and robustness of its integrated approach to addressing poverty.  The integrated Nuru model seeks to address four key areas of need: 1) food insecurity, 2) inability to cope with economic shocks, 3) unnecessary disease and death, and 4) lack of quality education for children.  Read more about the report here.  
Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance for A Glimmer of Hope Foundation: Guidance About Targeting Populations and Interventions

From March 2018 through May 2018, RMC provided technical assistance to support A Glimmer of Hope Foundation's monitoring and evaluation (M&E) efforts.  RMC's experience and expertise supported Glimmer's work by demonstrating the effectiveness and robustness of its integrated approach to addressing poverty.  In the first phase of technical assistance, our researchers conducted an in-depth review of Glimmer's baseline assessment study design and baseline assessment tools, and provided recommendations based on best practices from the literature.  Read more about the report here.  
Genesys Works Outcomes Report

Genesys Works is a non-profit organization that helps inner-city high school seniors, after providing job-specific summer training, land part time internships at local businesses.  RMC's researchers conducted an outcomes evaluation for Genesys Works.  After linking participant data to Texas Unemployment Insurance wage records, our researchers were able to longitudinally track participants and measure long-term education and employment outcomes of program participation.  Read more about the report here.
CareerAdvance® Implementation Study Findings through FY 2017

This report examines the implementation of CareerAdvance®, particularly focusing on how and why the program changes and adjusts to meet the requirements of HPOG II, while responding to the needs of the participants being served, the local job market, and the partners working together to implement the program. This report draws from previous CareerAdvance® reports, information on the HPOG II program, participants and their families, and interviews with CAP, Tulsa Tech and Tulsa Community WorkAdvance staff.  Read more about the report here.
Latest RMC Partnerships
Project QUEST Evaluation

RMC is working with the Economic Mobility Corporation, Inc (Mobility) and building around their recent program evaluation of Project QUEST.  This innovative partnership links both QUEST participants and similar non-participants to Texas Unemployment Insurance wage records.  Read more about the project here.
Data Linkage for Padua Project Evaluation

The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame is examining the impact of an innovative comprehensive case management program, the Padua™ Program, created by Catholic Charities Fort WorthRMC is supporting LEO in its research by linking data on Padua™ program participants to administrative data on employment, wages, TANF participation, and SNAP participation.  Read more about the project here .
Impact Evaluation of SAEP Scholarship

RMC entered into an agreement with the San Antonio Education Partnership to conduct an impact analysis to answer four research questions, a description of the study population, data and methodology used, and a review of the existing research that attempts to answer similar questions about the relationship between grant aid and student outcomes.  Read more about the project here.
Master Community Workforce Plan Evaluation

RMC has partnered with Workforce Solutions Capital Area to evaluate the progress of the Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan.  The objective of the Master Plan is to effectively engage employers, community-based organizations, and educational institutions to more efficiently match employers' skill needs and successfully prepare economically disadvantaged residents for family-sustaining careers.  Read more about the project here.

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