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).