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Descriptive and Analytical Career Pathways Study


Highlights

  • Rapid growth of career pathways strategies requires more evidence on this approach.
  • Abt is conducting three sub-studies to expand the field’s knowledge.
  • Results from the sub-studies are expected in 2021.
The Challenge

Career pathways strategies offer connected education and training steps between occupations in an industry sector, combined with support services. The goal is 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 higher paying jobs. The rapid rise of career pathways strategies, including an emphasis on them in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), creates an urgent need for more evidence on this approach.

The Approach

The Department of Labor has hired Abt to expand the field’s knowledge about career pathways systems and programs. Abt is following up our recent knowledge synthesis and evaluation design work with new studies in three areas: (1) labor-market context for career pathways initiatives; (2) meta-analysis of existing study data to examine overall, component and subgroup impact; and (3) the potential of predictive analytics and machine learning for career pathways research and practice.

The Results

Results from the sub-studies are expected in 2021.

Career Pathways Design Study Project Page