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07/06/2020
etp.ca.gov

What are California employers’ training needs? See results of SPR’s survey of California employers sponsored by the Employment Training Panel - ETP #employeetraining #workforcedevelopment #skillstraining https://lnkd.in/gcApMXW

This Thursday at #APPAM2019, come hear SPR along with Mathematica Policy Research, RTI International and MDRC speak abou...
11/06/2019
Session: Building a Pipeline to Employment: Lessons from Publicly and Privately Funded Career and Technical Education and Career Pathways Programs (2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference)

This Thursday at #APPAM2019, come hear SPR along with Mathematica Policy Research, RTI International and MDRC speak about efforts by public agencies and private organizations to improve youth employment prospects through career and technical education and career pathways programs. https://lnkd.in/gzzJvcg

Finding and maintaining well-paying employment for the nation’s youth is an ongoing policy challenge that stems from low high school graduation rates, which result in lower earnings compared to graduates over a lifetime (Kena et al. 2014; Stark and Noel 2015; Doland 2001), and a mismatch between t...

10/31/2019
ies.ed.gov

IES released results from a study, that SPR supported, on principal professional development (PD). The report shows that the PD did not make the impact as intended, highlighting the complexities of supporting leadership to drive changes in schools.
https://lnkd.in/gCNpxh6

08/27/2019
learningforward.org

“Because individualized learning is a significant shift from the traditional way that educators engage with students and learning in the classroom, educators require in-depth support to make that change.” Our article with The Bush Foundation in Learning Forward explores what must happen to make #IndividualizedLearning a reality. #LearnFwdTLP https://lnkd.in/eHJ65Nx

What does it mean to center race in advocacy for health equity? Join this webinar to hear stories about how these comple...
08/09/2019
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

What does it mean to center race in advocacy for health equity? Join this webinar to hear stories about how these complementary efforts to build racial equity capacity are changing hearts and minds and furthering advocacy for health equity in Colorado. https://lnkd.in/dy4HGwh
#healthequity #advocacy

Please join us to hear stories about how the implementation of these complementary efforts to build racial equity capacity are changing hearts and minds and furthering advocacy for health equity in Colorado.

Take a look at SPR’s finding on the Flint National Service Accelerator, an initiative focused on exploring national serv...
07/18/2019
Flint National Service Accelerator – Social Policy Research Associates

Take a look at SPR’s finding on the Flint National Service Accelerator, an initiative focused on exploring national service as a civic engagement and community change strategy. These reports include a toolkit developed in collaboration with the United Way of Genesee County, which provides lessons for communities seeking to use National Service as a strategy for achieving community change. https://lnkd.in/gfmVe7m

Flint National Service AcceleratorIn 2011, leaders from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint established the Flint National Service Accelerator, an initiative exploring national service as a civic strategy. In 2014...

Minnesota Department of Education districts are exploring strategies to ensure SoC and low-income students have access t...
06/26/2019
World’s Best Workforce 2018 Scan Training for State | REL Midwest

Minnesota Department of Education districts are exploring strategies to ensure SoC and low-income students have access to high-quality & diverse teachers. Read more about their progress here: (link: https://lnkd.in/gnEsNNB) lnkd.in/gnEsNNB #educationequity #worldsbestworkforce

This training session provides an overview of a scan of 200 World’s Best Workforce district submissions from 2018. The session highlights findings about district strategies to ensure equitable access to a high-quality, diverse teacher workforce and to address student achievement gaps for Minnesota...

Want to learn how community colleges can create innovative internships, certificate programs to address #STEM workforce ...
06/19/2019
Enhancing student learning through braided internships, robotics summer camps, and creation of certificate programs. – Social Policy Research Associates

Want to learn how community colleges can create innovative internships, certificate programs to address #STEM workforce needs and enhance student learning to support a STEM workforce? Yavapai College developed 2 new certificate programs and students received 183 industry certifications (e.g. HAAS CNC Operator certificate and FANUC Robot Operator certificate) in 2.5 years. Read more about Yavapai College’s Applied Pre-Engineering Program Expansion funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s ATE grant. #STEMworkforce #robotics #NSFATE #evaluationreport https://lnkd.in/gEac7GY

Enhancing student learning through braided internships, robotics summer camps, and creation of certificate programs. June 18, 2019 by Social Policy Research Associates No comments This final report from SPR’s evaluation of Yavapai College’s Applied Pre-Engineering Program Expansion describes how...

As part of AEA365’s Policy and Advocacy TIG week, SPR’s Heather Lewis Charp and Laura Pryor, PhD wrote a blog detailing ...
06/13/2019
APC TIG Week: Using Twitter to Track Narrative Change for Policy Advocacy Efforts by Laura Pryor & Heather Lewis-Charp – AEA365

As part of AEA365’s Policy and Advocacy TIG week, SPR’s Heather Lewis Charp and Laura Pryor, PhD wrote a blog detailing our approach for a “frame analysis” for analyzing Twitter data to track narrative change in policy advocacy initiatives. The blog includes information about frame analysis, resources, considerations for how to use frame analysis and using R to extract Twitter data. Head over to AEA365, to learn more! https://lnkd.in/gTVUz4w

APC TIG Week: Using Twitter to Track Narrative Change for Policy Advocacy Efforts by Laura Pryor & Heather Lewis-Charp Leave a Comment / Advocacy and Policy Change / By Sara Vaca / June 13, 2019 June 10, 2019 We are Heather Lewis-Charp and Laura Pryor, researchers at SPR, an evaluation firm located....

05/24/2019
LA:RISE - A Partnership That Works

SPR is proud to be helping #LARISE learn #whatworks ow.ly/yyP650up6QF

Our thanks to all the LA:RISE partner organizations for serving Angelenos with high barriers to employment and for making this evaluation possible!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NstsV63Bq4

LA:RISE is an innovative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles to help people with high employment barriers get jobs, stay employed, and...

04/30/2019

As we close out #SecondChanceMonth it’s important to also learn from programs that prevent youth from entering the criminal justice system. Our impact study for City of San José Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services found that the San José BEST program was associated with lower youth arrests and gang incidents, offering a promising approach. https://lnkd.in/g527UUm

Join SPR’s Vinz Koller as he moderates a panel on the Apprenticeship Inclusion Model (AIM) currently being piloted at 4 ...
03/24/2019

Join SPR’s Vinz Koller as he moderates a panel on the Apprenticeship Inclusion Model (AIM) currently being piloted at 4 sites to use #apprenticeships to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Sunday March 24, 3:00-4:15, Columbia 6.

As part of our partnership with Parent Voices, SPR conducted focus groups with parents across California to understand w...
03/12/2019
Waiting to be seen. Demanding to be heard. – Social Policy Research Associates

As part of our partnership with Parent Voices, SPR conducted focus groups with parents across California to understand what they believe is needed in order to improve California’s child care system. On March 11, parents’ wisdom was brought to the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Care and Education through a final report and presentation at the Commission’s March hearing. Read more about the project and view the report here: https://lnkd.in/gQSBKHT

#childcare #BlueRibbonCommissionECE #parentvoice

Waiting to be seen. Demanding to be heard. March 11, 2019 by Social Policy Research Associates No commentsThe CA Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Early Childhood Education seeks to improve the child care system by putting system reform ideas into action. As part of this process, the BRC is d...

SPR is in the Capitol today presenting alongside parents at the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Care and Educ...
03/11/2019
Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education

SPR is in the Capitol today presenting alongside parents at the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Care and Education hearing to discuss parent recommendations on reforming California’s child care system. Tune in here! https://lnkd.in/gzTNRtp
#childcare #BlueRibbonCommissionECE #parentvoice

March 11, 2019 Hearing What: Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education When: March 11, 2019 from 10:00am-12:00pm Where: State Capitol, Room 4202, Sacramento, CA 95814 Livestream: Agenda + Principles + Draft Report: Table of Contents + All Draft Sections + Early Education Commissio...

SPR is joining practitioners and policymakers from all over the country to build a modern youth apprenticeship for the 2...
03/11/2019

SPR is joining practitioners and policymakers from all over the country to build a modern youth apprenticeship for the 21st-century. #ApprenticeshipWorks #YouthApprenticeships #PAYA

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR)
01/28/2019

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR)

01/25/2019

We are hiring an Education & Youth Development Associate and Senior Associate in our Philanthropy, Equity and Youth and Education Divisions! Click here to learn more... https://lnkd.in/eFfdVnA #education #philanthropy

SPR is excited to serve as the evaluation partner for The San Francisco Foundation and Kaiser Permanente Thrive Keep Oak...
01/23/2019
Nearly 500 families won’t become homeless, thanks to new Oakland housing program

SPR is excited to serve as the evaluation partner for The San Francisco Foundation and Kaiser Permanente Thrive Keep Oakland Housed (KOH) initiative. This initiative is a coordinated strategy between the East Bay Community Law Center Catholic Charities of the East Bay and Bay Area Community Services (BACS) to prevent Oakland residents from losing their #housing and becoming homeless. https://lnkd.in/ecj5xBU

Since July, the $9 million Keep Oakland Housed initiative has helped 473 households threatened with eviction, according to the city.

Bob Lanter, Executive Director of California Workforce Association interviews Eric Seleznow, Senior Advisor at JFF, and ...
01/23/2019
CWA Today - WorkforcePods

Bob Lanter, Executive Director of California Workforce Association interviews Eric Seleznow, Senior Advisor at JFF, and Vinz Koller, Senior Strategist for Capacity Building at Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), as they discuss “Closing the Gap” the recently released paper about the future of youth #apprenticeship in California. https://lnkd.in/gCfgDWE

CWA TODAY is the official podcast of the California Workforce Association. CWA’s mission is to enhance and inspire California’s local workforce development boards and their partners through strategic advocacy, partnership convening, and capacity building. Your host is Bob Lanter, Executive Direc...

01/16/2019
From College or Nothing to College Without Debt

Is college without debt possible? Check out this video, SPR produced in collaboration with our partners at Norco College that explains how to eliminate this paradox through #apprenticeship programs. https://youtu.be/r-5k1eBRLuc

Many employers have a hard time finding workers while many workers have a hard time finding appropriate employment. This video explains how to eliminate this...

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01/09/2019

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01/02/2019

Since 2008, SPR has conducted the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Audits on behalf of The California Endowment. This report summarizes the institutional support framework that guides this equity audit and provides links to the audit. #diversity #equity #philanthropyhttps://www.spra.com/wordpress2/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/TCE-Culture-of-Equity-Framework.pdf

California’s growing innovation economy is struggling to attract talent and there’s a growing mismatch between the type ...
12/26/2018
Closing the Gap: The Future of Apprenticeship in California | Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning

California’s growing innovation economy is struggling to attract talent and there’s a growing mismatch between the type of talent in demand and the type of talent in supply. Read this paper by SPR and Jobs for the Future that describes why one of California’s best options for closing this talent gap is to expand and modernize the State’s apprenticeship system. The James Irvine Foundation Salesforce.org https://center4apprenticeship.jff.org/resources/closing-gap-future-apprenticeship-california/ #talentgap #apprenticeship

Supporting strategies that help employers, advance our economy, and help workers from all backgrounds access pathways to successful careers.

This year SPR worked with our clients to lead a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit; conduct a regional scan to explo...
12/20/2018

This year SPR worked with our clients to lead a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Audit; conduct a regional scan to explore individualized learning across three Midwest states; participate in conversations around apprenticeship in California; and much more. See our Year-in-Review. https://www.spra.com/2018/12/20/2018-year-in-review/

SPR’s education team is developing a framework to support schools and practitioners in creating culturally relevant lear...
11/07/2018
Making lessons relevant to students’ varied cultural backgrounds often takes a back seat to personalized learning

SPR’s education team is developing a framework to support schools and practitioners in creating culturally relevant learning environments for students. See reference to this work in The Hechinger Report. https://hechingerreport.org/hamilton-cultural-relevance-and-the-quest-to-personalize-learning/

The strategy of tapping into students’ own experiences as part of a lesson plan is becoming more common in U.S. schools.

Come join SPR as we share our insights at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2018 Fall Re...
11/05/2018

Come join SPR as we share our insights at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2018 Fall Research Conference from November 8-10, 2018 in Washington DC! https://lnkd.in/gz36s4q #research #2018appam #publicpolicy

SPR is honored to be keynoting the Kern County Workforce Summit with one of our favorite topics - the future of apprenti...
10/25/2018

SPR is honored to be keynoting the Kern County Workforce Summit with one of our favorite topics - the future of apprenticeships.

06/29/2018

Implications of California’s 2018-19 Budget for Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is experiencing a resurgence in high schools nationwide, and California is no exception. Much of this resurgence is due to its evolution, from traditional vocational education to CTE pathways, which can provide students with a tangible leg-up for both college and career. California’s 2018-19 budget provides the financial support districts need to create, expand, and sustain high quality programs...

https://www.spra.com/2018/06/29/implications-of-californias-2018-19-budget-for-career-and-technical-education/

SPR is pleased to announce and welcome Raquel L. González, PhD as Director of Business Strategy and Senior Associate. Dr...
06/20/2018

SPR is pleased to announce and welcome Raquel L. González, PhD as Director of Business Strategy and Senior Associate. Dr. González will be focused on supporting business development at SPR, engaging with clients, and developing processes and systems to support SPR’s business strategy. In addition, she will serve as a Senior Associate designing and managing studies.

Dr. González has over 18 years of research and evaluation experience. Her research has focused on describing and understanding different pathways and experiences in education. She has content experience on early childhood education; family engagement; and recruitment and retention of a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Dr. González also is a mixed-methods researcher, who has led several randomized controlled trials (RCT), as well as qualitative descriptive studies. Prior to joining SPR, she was a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) leading a portfolio of projects worth over $11 million. At AIR, she served as the Project Director for an impact evaluation of First 5 LA’s Welcome Baby home visiting program, the Program Manager for First 5 California’s Dual Language Literacy Pilot Study, and was an NSF co-Principal Investigator on a qualitative study of Master’s to PhD bridge programs.

Dr. González received a doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also received a B. S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

SPR staff enjoying today's @Warriors Championship Parade! #WarriorsParade #oakland
06/13/2018

SPR staff enjoying today's @Warriors Championship Parade! #WarriorsParade #oakland

SPR’s Vinz Koller is with Bob Lanter at the awesome Sequioa Conference Center in Eureka, CA, working with the Workforce ...
05/18/2018

SPR’s Vinz Koller is with Bob Lanter at the awesome Sequioa Conference Center in Eureka, CA, working with the Workforce Development Community in Humboldt County on a prosperous future through earn and learn strategies.

Getting students into college is only the first step. Ensuring students have the support they need to complete their deg...
05/11/2018
To and Through College: The Need for Postsecondary Transition Support Programs – Social Policy Research Associates

Getting students into college is only the first step. Ensuring students have the support they need to complete their degrees, particularly those facing greater barriers, is imperative for promoting a society built on inter-generational mobility. The REACH program designed a promising, research-informed model to do just that.

To and Through College: The Need for Postsecondary Transition Support Programs May 11, 2018 by Eduardo Ortiz No comments This blog post was written by Jennifer Hogg of Social Policy Research Associates. The leaky pipeline to a bachelor’s degree is getting leakier for low-income students. While the...

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I had the pleasure of hearing Deanna Khemani speak on "Industry Credentials as a Basis for Articulation" at the recent National Career Pathways Network conference. Her work reporting on the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (M-CAM) DOL TAACCCT-funded initiative was highly informative and immediately relevant to national apprenticeship-based pathway work my organization is undertaking. I look forward to following SPR!