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Issue Brief

Workforce Innovation Fund Grant Evaluation Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Title
Workforce Innovation Fund Grant Evaluation Best Practices & Lessons Learned
Date
January 2016
Author(s)
Neha Nanda, Ph.D., Carolyn Corea, MSW, Andres P. Romualdo, MA
Market
Workforce Development
Practice Areas
Career Pathways and Sector Partnerships
Services
Impact Evaluations
Policy/Program Analysis

Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grantees are required by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to hire third-party evaluators to evaluate their proposed programs. All grant evaluations are overseen by DOL’s National Evaluation Coordinator (NEC).

Evaluations require grantees and their evaluators to build strong working relationships to facilitate communication among stakeholders, collect program data, and disseminate evaluation findings.

The evaluation findings will contribute to the evidence-base supporting WIF grant funded interventions. Evidence supporting program effectiveness could garner additional programmatic funding.

This issue brief presents WIF grant evaluation recommendations across the lifecycle of the grant program and evaluation. These recommendations grew out of IMPAQ’s experience evaluating a number of WIF grant programs and were presented at the 2015 WIF Conference as part of the plenary session. They will help new WIF grantees build an understanding of the essential steps involved in a successful grant evaluation.