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ERIC Number: ED564439
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-17
Pages: 95
Abstractor: ERIC
Invitation to a Roundtable: A Discussion of Return-on-Investment in Adult Education
Parker, James; Spangenberg, Gail
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
In September 2013, based on a national survey of state Adult Basic Education (ABE) directors or designates, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) published "Stepping Up to ROI on Adult Education: A Survey of State Activity." This paper reported on the states' activity, from the perspective of the respondents, in collecting and using return-on-investment data in their workforce adult education programs. It examined six states in detail (AR, CT, KY, NJ, OR, and VA), and proposed several next-step actions for government, research, business, and philanthropy in building future state capacity to meet the ROI challenge. As states engage in more comprehensive planning, form local and state coalitions to bring more groups and interests to the planning table, and organize to provide a wider array of effective workforce and college readiness services, state ABE directors are in the midst of a seismic shift in Adult Education, as they are increasingly called upon to provide an array of new services. More and more, they are one of many teams of interest engaged in statewide planning for Adult Education. To tap into a wider range of interests, CAAL decided to build on its survey by bringing together an invitational Roundtable of other kinds of national and state leaders, which was done on November 8, 2013 in New York City. The goal was to provide a richer range of insights and strategies to help states build ROI capacity in Adult Education. This paper reports on the CAAL Roundtable. The report is derived from the transcribed conversation that invites readers to the table. It should be read as a companion paper to "Stepping Up to ROI in Adult Education" by James Parker, and Gail Spangenberg. The main body of the paper presents elements of the various discussion strands, often paraphrasing what the participants said, and it synthesizes the next-step suggestions and ideas (beginning on p. 19) generated by the discussion. Appendix I provides a brief biography of the authors. Appendix II lists the Roundtable participants. Appendix III provides a few resources to supplement the comprehensive resource listing provided in the "Stepping Up" report. Appendix IV contains informational handouts developed for the ROI Roundtable regarding the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), and the Arkansas Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (WAGE) program.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; McGraw Hill Financial
Authoring Institution: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; California; Canada; Indiana; Kentucky; Minnesota; Virginia