CA Passes Impact Analysis Bill
Last week, California’s Governor signed Assembly Bill 1336, which will clarify existing law by enabling the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) to create a process to measure the impact of the state’s workforce training and education programs on the state’s labor market.
In 2014, the California Assembly passed AB 2148, which required the CWDB to create a workforce metrics dashboard that shows how the state’s major workforce development programs are preforming. However, that law did not specify how program impacts, as opposed to outcomes, should be assessed. AB 1336 provides clarity by allowing CWDB to determine which statistically rigorous methods to use to assess participant impacts for the dashboard.
This bill also makes it easier for CWDB to evaluate participant outcomes by removing the requirement that CWDB produce the dashboard with only existing data, and by standardizing the format in which workforce programs provide participant data to CWDB. The bill also helps CWDB evaluate the education and workforce outcomes of adult education participants by allowing CWDB to access any social security numbers collected from adult education participants. The bill, however, does not require adult education participants to provide social security numbers to receive services.
California’s workforce metrics dashboard was developed with assistance from the National Skills Coalition’s State Workforce Education Alignment Project (SWEAP), which helps states create data tools that can give policymakers the information they need to better align programs and agencies with each other and the needs of employers. In California, SWEAP provided technical assistance (including assistance on net impact analysis), facilitated policy conversations between policymakers and other stakeholders, and helped to develop strong workforce policies using information generated by the workforce metrics dashboard.
To date, the dashboard contains data about community college career technical education, WIOA Title I and II programs, Employment Training Panel (ETP), Trade Adjustment Act, and state apprenticeship programs.
Ultimately, the bill will help CWDB better analyze the state’s workforce training and education programs and improve participant outcomes.