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Career Pathways: What We Know and Where We Should Go From Here

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

The Conference Center at Heart House
2400 N Street NW, Multipurpose Room 120 & 122
Washington, DC 20037
United States


appam logoCareer 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 programs development and rigorous research the body of research, much of it rigorous, examining the programs’ effectiveness of the approach. This creates a need to both incorporate this new evidence into policy and practice and focus future research on unanswered questions identified through these studies.

Join Abt and the Association for Public Policy Analysis Management (APPAM) for a half-day forum on the latest evidence from career pathways research. Hear from experts in the field as they discuss what have we learned about career pathways strategies for improving economic outcomes for low-income Americans, what makes career pathways programs more or less effective, and what the implications are for public policy and practice.

Join Abt and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) for a morning forum on the latest evidence from career pathways research on-on-the-job training, coaching and apprenticeship programs, as well as ideas for future directions in where research and practice needs to go in the future.

Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today!

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The half-day agenda is as follows:

Matt Stagner, APPAM President, Mathematica Policy Research

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: TBD 

  • 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