Offers a dashboard of indicators (impacts and outcomes, products and services, and evidence of progress) that Washington state skill panels—regional public-private partnerships of business, labor, and education—can use to describe their achievement.
“In validating measures that best capture and convey the value skill panels bring to employers, workers, public systems, and funders, [the authors] assessed a representative sample of skill panels across Washington State. Four skill panels were assessed, selected on the following criteria. [The panels had to be] 1) recipients of skill panel funding, 2) considered “mature” skill panel partnerships (i.e., beyond the planning phase and into the implementation phase), 3) representative of the diverse industries important to state economic growth, and 4) able to demonstrate success in ongoing engagement of employers and public partners, development of products directly related to industry’s workforce needs, and [able to] demonstrate early signs of impact” (p. 4). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Evaluation Recommendations: “[The authors] recommended that the ideal indicators of skill panel success be a mix of qualitative and quantitative metrics… The metrics captured the value of participation by public and private members; products and services based on actual activities undertaken by the panel; and quantitative measures of impact in the longer term. Thus, [the authors] recommended that evaluation data be collected for: • Evidence of progress. Member, partner, and participant qualitative perspectives on the value of their skill panel. • Products and services. A narrative delineation of the many products and services provided by the skill panels. • Impact and outcomes. Quantitative data collection from a select number of metrics that directly measure the value to employers, employees, educators, and the skill panel partnership” (p.7) Technical Assistance Recommendations: • “The [authors] offered technical assistance recommendations for activities related to skill panels’ data collection mechanisms and methods, and how to craft and deliver messages that explain the state’s expectations for data collection, the value of skill panels’ work, and the importance of participation” (p.15). • “The mechanisms and vehicles for both data collection and messaging are intended to help the skill panels leverage additional resources toward long-term sustainability; communicate how the skill panels positively impact workers, job seekers, and employers; and express to local public officials, state legislators, and agency administrators the value of the skill panel model in positively affecting economic and workforce growth at regional and state-wide levels” (p.15). • “To create standardization in data collection, [the authors] recommended that the Dashboard template be included in all panel documentation, including requests for proposals and quarterly, semi-annual, and annual report forms. [The authors] also recommended that a process be instituted between the State and each panel site for choosing and agreeing on the most appropriate impact and outcome metrics for each individual panel” (p.15). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff).