The U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College Career Training grant program funded Pennsylvania’s Advanced Training and Hiring Program (PATH). IMPAQ’s evaluation of the program had two components: an implementation analysis and a quasi-experimental impact analysis. Together, they provided insight into the ability of PATH to help participants earn recognized credentials and get jobs. They also helped identify successful practices and lessons learned for implementing or improving similar programs in the future.
We used a mixed-methods approach to document and understand the implementation, identify best practices and lessons learned, and estimate the impact of the program on the education and employment outcomes of participants. The impact analysis was based on a quasi-experimental design featuring propensity score matching methods.
We evaluated a number of projects funded by earlier rounds of the same grant program and will leverage that experience to ensure we integrate the evaluation seamlessly into PATH program operations.
Our project director was a PhD economist with more than 10 years of research and evaluation experience. The project team also included researchers with strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills.