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NCSU’s Friday Institute will use this Golden LEAF grant to undertake a third-party evaluation of the GLF Essential Skills in Advanced Manufacturing second-year grants. At its meeting on December 5, 2013, the Golden LEAF Board increased the grant award from $297,244 to $422,855 (an increase of $125,611) to allow the evaluation effort to include seven additional grants made by Golden LEAF in the Essential Skills in Advanced Manufacturing program during the 2013-14 grant cycle. Major outcomes for the evaluation will include: 1) providing evaluative feedback to GLF and grantees on whether an increase in the skill level of applicants in the workforce in rural NC is accomplished by achievements in mid-skills workforce training project outcomes and, 2) developing the evaluation capacity among project grantees. The evaluation team will develop an evaluation model collaboratively with grantees funded by Golden LEAF, Golden LEAF and research partners (NC Community College System and NC Education Research Data Center at Duke University). In addition, the evaluation team will lead annual summer institutes (Summers 2013, 2014 & 2015); host learning webinars; identify common outcomes across grantees and projects; identify and create survey tools and protocols for use in collecting data; pilot surveys and conduct validation analysis; and collect and analyze data across initiatives over time. Funds will be used to cover personnel costs and benefits for staff, travel, graduate tuition, contract services, and the costs of materials and meetings.
Any project more than a couple of years old may not reflect current Board priorities.
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