Provides guidance and tools for developing, implementing, and monitoring state policies and practices that support an effective state adult basic education to postsecondary education and training transition system.

“The Toolkit is organized to assist state adult education staff in analyzing their current ABE transition activities, determining the gaps in their current transition policies and practices, and reframing existing policies or developing new policies to advance low-skilled adults’ transition to postsecondary education, training, and employment. The Policy to Performance Toolkit:

  • Describes the use of the AIDDE© process for states to use in analyzing current practices and identifying new practices and policies that support an ideal transition system;
  • Delineates the key steps in the PPIE© process for developing, implementing, and evaluating new policies;
  • Presents examples of how state leaders carried out the processes used in the Policy to Performance project; and
  • Includes downloadable and writable tools (e.g., planning documents and checklists) to use in analyzing current practices and policies and in planning an ABE state transition system.

In the Policy to Performance project, state adult education staff worked in state teams to carry out the project’s activities in building a state ABE transition system. Users of this Toolkit may want to form a working group of state staff from within and outside of adult education to guide the transition system building activities described in the Toolkit. The Policy to Performance project staff and coaches also offered encouragement to the states’ team in carrying out their project activities and provided technical advice in the design of a pilot test, the collection and analysis of pilot test data, and the specification of state policies based on the results of the pilot test. Toolkit users may want to identify individuals who can provide technical advice in the areas of state ABE transition system development that are require expertise not available within the state staff” (p.8-9).

(Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

“A state ABE transition system is critical to providing low-skilled adults with opportunities to succeed in postsecondary education and obtain employment. Multiple service components, policies, stakeholders, and resources are needed to enable low-skilled adults to navigate the myriad services and organizations involved in the delivery of ABE and postsecondary education. A state system can help to ensure the provision of coordinated and coherent services for these adults . The Policy to Performance Toolkit provides processes and tools that ABE state staff and their partners can use in enhancing their current transition system components or developing a new system. States with existing system components can draw from the Toolkit to supplement or replace their existing processes, while states without a system can use a series of planning, design, and implementation steps to develop an ABE transition system. Central to the operation of a transition system is the role of public policy. Policies come in many forms, and the Toolkit describes the current and potential uses of policy in an ABE transition system. The experiences of the eight Policy to Performance states reinforced lessons that have been reported in the literature about systems change—systems require a vision and ongoing communication with stakeholders, practices and processes could be based on the best available information and be continuously evaluated, and change takes time. The Policy to Performance Toolkit draws from these lessons and provides methodical approaches that ABE state staff can use to ensure the successful development of a state ABE transition system” (p.57). (Abstractor: Author)