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Research & Analytics Core Capabilities

Research & Analytics Core Capabilities

October 13, 2022

Advising and Consulting for Research and Evaluation Design

Jobs for the Future (JFF) provides advisement and consultation services to inform metric development, data collection strategies, and research and evaluation design. For example, we have:

  • Helped those in the field hone their questions so they are better able to understand their desired impact
  • Advised on the development of survey items and data collection strategies to ensure greater validity and confidence in findings
  • Designed evaluation and research scopes of work to accompany grants and business proposals

Examples of Our Work

Goldman Sachs – Evaluation Consulting: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses effort was amplified by the infusion of fellows recruited from local community college programs into small businesses that were part of the Goldman Sachs initiative. Working with JFFLabs Corporate team, JFF’s research team provided feedback on impact measure design and data collection strategies. This advisement fed directly into the work of the project’s formal evaluators at Babson College.

Evaluation Services

JFF works with employers, foundations, and other partners in the field to provide insights that shed light on the development, implementation, and impact of programs and policies that support inclusive and equitable economic advancement. We have:

  • Examined the effectiveness of apprenticeships affiliated with technology boot camps for female, Black, and Latinx learner-workers
  • Provided insights for improvement, learning, and decision-making for corporate partners seeking to increase reskilling efforts for technology on-ramps
Examples of Our Work
Case Study Verizon Partnership
Outcomes Through a combination of research and data analysis, assessments of labor market information, and skills mapping activities, JFF produced three research reports and a presentation that provided Verizon with information about macroeconomic trends that…
February 11, 2022
Report/Research Meet the Learners of the Google IT Support Professional Certificate
JFF research identified five types of individuals who have successfully completed the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. Learn more about these personas and how to select and support participants to best position them for long-term…
April 9, 2021
Report/Research Accelerating CTE Evaluation Case Studies
This series summarizes the Accelerating CTE project at four of the participating colleges. It provides details on student outcomes and the college’s lessons learned, and recommendations for further inquiry to improve student success and meet…
May 14, 2019
Report/Research Accelerating CTE Student Success
Accelerating CTE Student Success This report presents initial observations on the implementation of team teaching and supplemental instruction in career pathways programs that are part of the Accelerating CTE program. The success of JFF’s Accelerating…
May 7, 2018
Report/Research Bridging to a Better Future: Findings from an Evaluation of Bridge-to-College Programs for English Language Learners
Bridging to a Better Future: Findings from an Evaluation of Bridge-to-College Programs for English Language Learners US immigrants are an often-untapped pool of workers with the potential to fill significant labor market needs, making it…
November 22, 2017

Research to Advance the Field

JFF offers a unique perspective and broad field networks to our research partners as we deepen the field’s understanding of how to help various populations achieve their educational and economic goals. We have:

  • Conducted literature reviews, landscape analyses, and policy scans to shed light on current practices and policies related to secondary education, post-secondary education, adult education, workforce development, and industry employer trends
  • Conducted studies that leveraged a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches and designs to understand effectiveness, quality, and variation in training efforts and work-based learning outcomes for ethnically and racially diverse groups of education and workforce interventions
  • Provided leadership to research networks that seek to link field practitioners with researchers to leverage new findings to inform and improve practice
  • Amplified and built upon existing metrics that capture key outcomes related to workforce education and job placement
Examples of Our Work
Post New JFF Research Sheds Light on the Equity Impact of ISAs
Do income share agreements narrow or reinforce systemic inequities? JFF found little evidence of either, but more research is needed. A recent analysis by the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) found that ISA contracts available…
April 14, 2022
Report/Research Technology Internships Prove Flexible, Resilient, and Critical During COVID
This research is about how one community college preserved and strengthened their technology internships during COVID with commitment and creativity. Although the college, employers, and students faced technical, logistical, and supervisory challenges in maintaining technology…
July 26, 2022
Report/Research Building Effective Technology Internships
A three-year study that JFF conducted for the National Science Foundation shows that community college technology internships can be effective bridges to employment for postsecondary students. The research showed that when internships were required for…
March 24, 2022
Impact Story Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative
Bridging the worlds of research, practice, and policy, we investigate student-centered approaches to improve outcomes for learners from all backgrounds. Bridging the worlds of research, practice, and policy, we investigate student-centered approaches to improve outcomes…
April 18, 2018
Report/Research Nudging to STEM Success
The purpose of this implementation report is to help community college leaders, foundations, and public education policymakers understand the impact that nudges have on student success, especially for students from populations that typically have low…
September 9, 2019
Post Nudging Students Toward Holistic Supports and Postsecondary Success
New community college research from JFF and Persistence Plus shows that nudges can improve re-enrollment rates in career pathways programs when they center equity, encourage students to seek support services, and connect to their aspirations.…
May 9, 2022
Report/Research What Works for Adult Learners: Lessons from Career Pathway Evaluations
This report is about combining the best evidence, practices, and policies to drive a broader systems reform agenda for what works for adult learners, and trying to improve the persistently low rates at which adults…
July 15, 2019
Impact Story Accelerating CTE
JFF powers up career and technical education to help more adults with limited academic skills earn credentials that lead to good jobs. JFF powers up career and technical education to help more adults with limited…
April 24, 2018
Report/Research Technical Assistance Matters: The Impact of TA in Supporting Communities Engaged in Cross-Sector, Place-Based Work
This report examines community feedback to shed light on the impact technical assistance (TA) has on place-based programs for people in disadvantaged communities. Focusing on how TA can shape practices, expand stakeholder knowledge, and enhance…
May 30, 2019
Report/Research Six Effective Approaches for TechHire Initiatives
Six Effective Approaches for TechHire Initiatives Information technology jobs are among the fastest growing occupations in the country, yet over a half million IT job openings are unfilled. The TechHire initiative helps stakeholders develop a…
May 17, 2018

Tools, Frameworks, and Analytical Supports

JFF offers and continues to build a range of theoretically grounded and practice-informed resources to aid learning, sense-making, and decision execution. For example, we have:

  • Created a framework to assess equity of state-level education and workforce policies and to assess scaling of interventions in postsecondary settings
  • Developed data collection tools for use across program settings to understand impact at an initiative level
  • Developed multiple interactive dashboards to understand and inform program efforts in real-time
  • Secured funding to create a theory and practice-based index to support digital job planning and improvement efforts in regions
Examples of Our Work
Report/Research Scaling Innovation in Community Colleges: A Guide to Action
Scaling Innovation in Community Colleges: A Guide to Action As community colleges look for ways to promote student success, the need for scaling effective approaches is critical. This guide builds on a framework developed in…
June 23, 2016
Report/Research Thinking Big: A Framework for States on Scaling Up Community College Innovation
Thinking Big: A Framework for States on Scaling Up Community College Innovation In the education and workforce fields, it is often difficult to properly scale up “boutique” programs that aim at improving student outcomes. *Thinking…
May 14, 2018
Report/Research Systems Change in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Systems Change in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions This report standardizes the National Fund’s systems change approach, providing numerous examples of successful instances and offering suggestions on how to achieve, measure, and document systems…
June 11, 2018
Tool A Step-by-Step Overview of the Fiscal Mapping Process
A Step-by-Step Overview of the Fiscal Mapping Process JFF and partners launched a community of practice to guide a cohort of sites through the design and launch of a fiscal mapping process. The facilitated sessions…
May 3, 2018