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Practice to Policy: Freeing Government Data for Social Impact in Massachusetts

Public Sector Solutions, Education, Economic Mobility, Results-Based Funding

Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement illustrates the importance of data collection in planning and measuring impact with Pay for Success initiatives. This blog on America Forward’s website, co-written with Jewish Vocational Services, discusses how project leaders “built a base” and “freed the data” that helped cater to clients based on their needs.

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The sharing and analysis of administrative data helps service providers deliver more targeted and effective programs; improves government insight and selection in their service array; and increases access to the best services for individuals and communities.

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JVS and Social Finance Reflect on Significant Gains for Immigrant Learners in Massachusetts Pay for Success Project
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JVS and Social Finance Reflect on Significant Gains for Immigrant Learners in Massachusetts Pay for Success Project

On Nov. 18, 2020, JVS hosted an economic forum “Pay for Success: Working Toward Economic Advancement” to celebrate results from the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Project, a workforce development partnership launched in 2017 with…

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Stepping Up: Interim Findings on JVS Boston’s English for Advancement Show Large Earnings Gains
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Stepping Up: Interim Findings on JVS Boston’s English for Advancement Show Large Earnings Gains

This study from Economic Mobility Corporation documents significant wage gains and job retention from Massachusetts Pathways’ English for Advancement program, which engaged more than 1,000 residents in Boston, Lynn, Lowell, and Lawrence. The evaluation, which…

Anne Roder and Mark Elliott