Public Policy Associates produces high-quality, independent reports that offer analysis and insight to help clients achieve their public policy goals. Here is a sampling:
Every school system has a unique body of students, staff, and connected family members and a unique set of issues to tackle. A possible step in the direction of correcting those issues, studies suggest, is including student voices in policy discussions and school decisions, particularly for students of color.
This issue brief by PPA highlights the importance of including and valuing the voices of students in developing strategies to improve education for children of color.
Read here: Elevating Student Voice
Among low-income families, for whom the burden of child care’s high costs hits hardest, the ability to access child care could be the difference between achieving greater prosperity or dropping deeper into poverty. However, only 16% of eligible children (monthly average) received child care subsidies in 2016. In Michigan, we found the subsidy rates do not align with market rates in most cases, creating gaps for child care providers and families seeking quality child care.
Public Policy Associates completed the 2017 Child Care Market Rate Study for the Office of Great Start, Michigan Department of Education. The resulting report provides insights about the child care landscape in the state, in addition to supporting an increase in child care subsidy rates across all provider types and age groups and a change to daily or weekly reimbursement.
Creating a demand-driven talent pipeline means embracing the idea that employers are the primary customer and that workforce development and training providers should do what is possible with the resources available to help employers obtain the talent they need. It also means deeply involving employers in the process.
Public Policy Associates, Inc. conducted evaluations of two leading programs that successfully met workforce needs through strong partnerships with area employers.
Public Policy Associates has produced a guidebook to help states and communities develop collaborative strategies to reduce the overrepresentation of children of color in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The publication, Addressing Racial Imbalances in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Local Communities, describes lessons learned from the experience of the Michigan Coalition for Race Equity in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice and a related demonstration project in Saginaw, Michigan.
Public Policy Associates spent more than three years developing a new approach to evaluation that is culturally responsive and addresses racial equity issues. The guide, Considerations for Conducting Evaluation Using a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens, provides practical insights on how to build teams and establish practices that yield greater insights and seek to ensure that programs are fair and equitable.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau selected Public Policy Associates, Inc. to produce a comprehensive online guide for women about the career opportunities in the emerging green economy and strategies for taking advantage of them. PPA conducted extensive research, including interviews with successful women in green careers from around the country, to produce Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career.
Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) has released a case study of the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative. The project is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund Round Three grant awarded to the Connecticut Department of Labor and implemented by the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) in partnership with manufacturing employers, community colleges, technical high schools, and other partners in its region. It is an outstanding example of an effective, demand-driven workforce program that was created in response to urgent employer need. The demand-driven, employer engagement approach used by EWIB and its education and training partners offers insights for addressing the challenges felt by many workforce boards as they strive to more effectively serve the needs of employers and job seekers.
For more information about the PPA’s work with the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative, contact Dr. Mike Polzin at 517-485-4477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP of Michigan, with the support of the AARP Foundation, partnered with Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) to assess the impact of the Flint water crisis on residents 60 years of age and older. The assessment included two listening sessions facilitated by PPA, and a telephone survey conducted by EPIC-MRA. The listening sessions were used to inform the development of the survey and identified needs relevant to senior residents. Most respondents had medical symptoms they attributed to the water crisis and felt there was a lack of response from human services, not only with seniors but the entire Flint community.
In 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services commissioned Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) to conduct an analysis of juvenile crime trends in the state. The report, which provides an analysis of state and national arrest data from 2008 to 2013, was submitted to the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice to inform the state’s Comprehensive Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Plan, as required in the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.
Drawing on lessons from the Virginia Financial Success Network project, PPA shares insights on the implementation process and supporting ongoing improvement.
The Housing Works: A Regional Workforce-Housing Alliance program was awarded a Workforce Innovation Fund grant in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Labor. Housing Works was a program involving the collaboration of workforce investment boards and public housing authorities that sought to provide public housing residents with training and work credentials that are needed to enter high-demand industries. Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) was contracted as a third-party evaluator for this program. Evaluation tasks included ongoing monitoring of progress toward program goals, an assessment of the fidelity of program implementation, a rigorous quasi-experimental evaluation of the services provided to participants, and a study of the cost efficiency of the program as a whole.
Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) manages the Student Voice Project for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). This project, which is part of the African American Student Initiative (formerly known as the African American Young Men of Promise Initiative), collects data through focus groups with African-American male and female students in schools throughout the state. To fulfill the research needs for this project, PPA has collected qualitative data in more than 50 schools throughout the state.
PPA’s primary role in this project is to examine the culture and climate as described by the students and staff in schools that participate in the project. PPA used the student feedback and other relevant research to work with school and district leaders to develop a culturally responsive action plan.
Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) was selected to evaluate Danville Community College’s Retooling America initiative, a highly innovative Integrated Machining Technology program that engages students in a real-life work flow cell experience as part of its curriculum. Funded in part by a Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Retooling America was developed with deep employer input and in response to significant employer needs for workers with advanced precision machining skills. Agreements with local technical high schools and other community colleges have enabled the development of a talent pipeline that is proving to be a key factor in attracting new manufacturers to the region, further enhancing the need for skilled workers.
PPA Affiliated Consultant Michael J. Polzin, Ed. D., has also conducted a case study on the Retooling America Initiative.