Describes the implementation experiences of STEM grantees and assesses individual participants’ outcomes.
“As noted by a number of observers, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields have become increasingly central to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth” (p.ES-1). In order to focus on strengthening the job training system by training workers to meet the industry needs in STEM occupations, “the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announced the ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Opportunities in the Workforce System Initiative,’ or STEM Initiative, in 2008 as part of a broader STEM action agenda” (p.ES-1). “The major goals of the STEM Initiative were to attract and prepare disadvantaged youth and dislocated workers for STEM-related careers while simultaneously enhancing regional employer competitiveness” (p.ES-2). The evaluation drew on existing data and conducted primary data collection to study key issues regarding the implementation of programs and services, partnerships, and outputs. “A qualitative study component was informed by three rounds of site visits to each STEM project conducted at various stages of project planning and operation as well as periodic telephone conversations with project managers. The quantitative component focused on data collected by the individual grantees on the characteristics of project participants, the services provided, and the outcomes achieved by individual participants” (p.ES-3). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)