Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:00 PM ~ 3:00 PM ET

This webinar highlights evidence-based state practices drawn from the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) grant evaluations and its precursor, I-Best. It provides examples from research and evaluation findings, recommendations, and results applied to improve existing or develop new education and workforce programs.




A recently completed implementation study of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act indicates that study respondents from states and local areas increased connections to education partners at the state and local levels. This webinar will show how partnerships support program improvements and describe how an evidence-based model was selected for replication and scaling, resulted in program innovation, and implemented changes in service delivery strategies. Presenters will share considerations for leveraging research and evaluation results to inform program implementation plans, activities, and service delivery. Webinar attendees will learn how to cultivate research and evaluation champions, convey results to stakeholders, and integrate promising practices to improve workforce development programs and services.




Neil Ridley, Evaluation Team Lead, Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Ingrid Schonfield, Research and Evaluation Dissemination Lead, Safal Partners, Inc., Office of Policy Development and Research, Employment and Training Administration, U. S. Department of Labor




Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Lauren Eyster, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute

Harmony Little, former Accelerating Opportunity State Coordinator, current Director of Career Pathways, Kentucky Community and Technical College System