Growing Regional Opportunity for the Workforce: Project G.R.O.W. Taking Root in the Texas-Mexico Border Areas
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The Ray Marshall Center at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas-Austin is conducting a multi-method evaluation of Project GROW, including implementation/process, outcomes, net impacts, and cost effectiveness analyses. As part of the process analysis component of the evaluation, this report assesses early signs of progress, constraints, and operational status as Project GROW moved from the initial design through the early implementation phase, a time frame that encompasses the period from September 2012 through December 2013. This Interim Process Report is largely descriptive in nature, and is intended to serve as a formative agent to abet continuing adoption, adaption, and improvements in the extensive strategic and operational features of the Project GROW demonstration. Comprehensive, multi-method research and analysis related to outcomes, net impacts, and cost-effectiveness will be presented in subsequent reports, as Project GROW further ramps up enrollments; significant numbers of participants attain their initial credential in a career pathway prepared to enter the workforce; and participants enter and retain employment in their chosen occupational field for durations long enough to assess the earnings effects of the demonstration. The ultimate purpose of the evaluation is to generate evidence for regional, state, and federal policy makers, workforce development system practitioners and other stakeholders about the experiences, achievements, and value of the demonstration.