ERIC Number: ED424432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Report for the Massachusetts Workplace Literacy Consortium. National Workplace Literacy Program Wave 6, Year 3.
Sperazi, Laura; DePascale, Charles A.
The Massachusetts Workplace Literacy Consortium sought to upgrade work-related literacy skills at 22 partner sites in the state. Members included manufacturers, health care organizations, educational institutions, and labor unions. In its third year, the consortium served 1,179 workers with classes in English for speakers of other languages, adult secondary education/General Educational Development, and adult basic education. Findings of an evaluation of the third year included the following: (1) consortium members felt the Planning and Evaluation Team (PET) model provided many benefits, such as cost effectiveness, resource sharing, and communication; (2) confusion over roles of the state department of education and program coordinators hindered the first 2 years; (3) PET was considered critical to program success because it kept stakeholders informed, enabled open discussion, and promoted stakeholder buy-in; (4) obstacles to student participation in PET were difficulties with English, program completion, and a rotation plan that contributed to high turnover; (5) underrepresentation of important stakeholders was a serious threat to PET; and (6) PET was considered helpful but not sufficient to ensure that the program was institutionalized at all sites. (Appendices contain the following: program standards and quality indicators; evaluation interview questions; list of PET site visits; PET participation chart; and PET survey and meeting observation forms.) (SK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Workplace Literacy Consortium, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts