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Past Projects

Community College of Rhode Island TAACCCT (Round 3) Evaluation (2014 - 2017)

The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Round 3 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant to implement its Accelerated Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing (APAM) program. This program used evidence-based strategies to create career pathways aimed at training adults in professional advanced manufacturing skills, as well as streamlined key student services to improve CCRIretention and completion. Activities include enhancement of existing and development of new Advanced Manufacturing programs; the restructuring of the college’s prior learning assessment system, and the building of local industry partnerships to increase institutional and statewide capacity.

To assess the implementation quality and the impact on participants of the APAM program, CCRI partnered with Hezel Associates to perform an external evaluation. To accomplish this, the Hezel team designed a concurrent embedded mixed methods study to support a rigorous formative and summative evaluation. This began with a comprehensive evaluation plan framework, submitted to USDOL; development of a logic model outlining the program’s activities and intended outcomes; and design of data collection instruments. Data collection, conducted throughout the 3-year project, consisted of continued program document review, annual interviews with program staff and key industry stakeholders, and a student questionnaire. Hezel Associates reported findings to CCRI in annual reports, as well as through frequent memos to inform program improvement.

The final evaluation report is available here.