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  • Employer Benefits and Costs of English@Work Participation 

    King, Christopher T.; Juniper, Cynthia (2017-09)
    The Ray Marshall Center (RMC), with support from the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (LCCT), has conducted an evaluation of English@Work’s benefits and costs for participating employers, a required component of LCCT’s ...
  • Evaluation of Travis County Investments in Workforce Development 2016 Update 

    O'Shea, Dan; Prince, Heath J.; Juniper, Cynthia; Rodriguez, Patty (2017-04)
    For more than fifteen years, Travis County has invested between $1-2.5 million in workforce development programs for disadvantaged residents. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine outcomes and impacts for participants ...
  • Measuring Two-Generation Effects of Capital IDEA Program Participation 

    Christensen, Kristin; Smith, Tara (2015-05)
    The purpose of this research is to determine whether parental participation in Capital IDEA increased the share of participants’ children who completed high school and entered college upon graduation, and furthermore whether ...
  • The Failed Promise of the Texas Miracle: Corporate Subsidies in the Lone Star State 

    Prince, Heath J.; Boggess, Bethany (2016-02)
    Examining whether or not tax subsidies and other corporate incentives have improved or worsened economic- and education-related inequalities faced by working Texas families.
  • Behavioral Economics and Workforce Development: A Review of the Literature from Labor Economics and the Broader Field 

    Juniper, Cynthia J.; Prince, Heath J. (2016-02)
    here is mutual benefit for employers and workers when workers improve their skills beyond the minimum requirements for their position—a fact not lost on employers, many of who are willing to provide education and training ...
  • Promoting Two-Generation Strategies: A Getting-Started Guide for State and Local Policy Makers 

    King, Christoper T.; Juniper, Cynthia J.; Coffey, Rheagan; Smith, Tara C. (2016-08)
    This is a revised and updated version of the one prepared in 2013. This paper is intended to serve as a getting-started guide for state and local policymakers as they begin to develop and implement two-generation strategies ...
  • Retraining the Gulf Coast through Information Technology Pathways: Impact Evaluation Interim Report 

    Patnaik, Ashweeta; Prince, Heath (2016-02-29)
    The Aspen Institute in collaboration with the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin is carrying out a high-quality, ...
  • Behavioral Economics and Workforce Development: A Review of the Literature from Labor Economics and the Broader Field 

    Juniper, Cynthia; Prince, Heath (2016-02)
    There is mutual benefit for employers and workers when workers improve their skills beyond the minimum requirements for their position—a fact not lost on employers, many of who are willing to provide education and training ...
  • An Evaluation of Local Investments in Workforce Development 2014 Update 

    Smith, Tara; Christensen, Kristin; Cumpton, Greg (2015-06)
    The evaluation examines outcomes and impacts for participants in community-based workforce programs over time. This outcomes report is the fourteenth publication to date in the evaluation.
  • Sustaining Two-Generation strategies: A Case study of Tulsa’s CareerAdvance® Program 

    Briggs, Amanda; King, Christopher T.; Smith, Tara (2015-05)
    This report examines the CareerAdvance® program in Tulsa (OK) as a case study on the sustainability of a two‐generation anti‐poverty strategy that seeks to increase family economic mobility by investing intensively in ...
  • Findings from the 2014 Senior Surveys 

    Deeds, Carinne; Cumpton, Greg (2015-01)
    This report discusses findings from the senior surveys conducted in the spring of 2014. Some notable student responses for the Class of 2014 include participation in college preparation activities, attendance of financial ...
  • Two Generations. One Future. An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship 

    King, Christopher T.; Chase-Lansdale, P. Lindsay; Small, Mario (Ascend at the Aspen Institute, 2015-04)
    Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship, featuring the 2012-2013 class of the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, is the culmination of more than two years of collaboration and bold idea development, ...
  • Bridging the Gap Pilot Study 

    Shexnayder, Deanna; Tang, Ying; Hill, Brendan; Looney, Sarah (2007)
    The “Bridging the Gap”Pilot Study had the goals; 1) to begin to show how the problems faced by working families appear and unfold in any particular state, but are also part of a national pattern; 2) show how the full project ...
  • Community Agenda Assessment Project 

    Tang, Ying; King, Christopher T.; Brown, Erin; Ryan, Katie; Hershey, Suzanne (2006)
    United Way Capital Area (UWCA) in developing a Community Agenda on health and human services within the 10-county Capital Area region. The research was designed to lead to a synthesis of existing information and stakeholder ...
  • Project_SOS_ Supporting Optimal Scholarship Evaluation Final Impact Report June 2008 

    Schexnayder, Deanna; Schroeder, Daniel G.; Cumpton, Greg; Nichols, Kelly Stuart (2008-06)
    his three-year demonstration project, operating in five high schools and seven middle schools in the Austin Independent School District, will identify and eliminate variables which prevent high-ability, low-income students ...
  • Local Investments in Workforce Development Initial Evaluation Findings December 2007 

    Smith, Tara; King, Christopher T.; Schroeder, Daniel G. (2007-12)
    The City of Austin makes numerous investments in workforce development activities each year with local tax dollars, primarily emphasizing longer-term training and support services, offerings that have typically been ...
  • Food Stamps, Unemployment Insurance and the Safety Net 

    Schroeder, Daniel G. (The Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, 2007-05)
    Legislative reforms in the food stamp and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs in the 1990s, together with a booming economy and the Earned Income Tax Credit, led to dramatic increases in employment ...
  • Critical Skill Shortages Initiative 

    Glover, Robert W.; Hershey, Suzanne; King, Christopher T.; Roychowdhury, Deepshikha (2005)
    e Ray Marshall Center collaborated with industry and community representatives to work with two industrial sectors to alleviate critical skills shortages in key occupations. The two targeted industrial sectors will have ...
  • Manufacturing Skills Initiative December 2007 

    Glover, Robert W.; Hershey, Suzanne (2007-12)
    he Ray Marshall Center conducted research on the future of manufacturing in the Greater Austin Area, in collaboration with industry and community representatives. The goal of the project was to facilitate economic development ...
  • Biotech Workforce Evaluation 

    Glover, Robert W. (2009-02)
    The Ray Marshall Center conducted an evaluation of a pilot project to enhance educational offering in biotechnology at Austin Community College. Specializations in biotechnical instrumentation and in molecular diagnostics ...

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