Pathways to Economic Advancement, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Innovations in American Government Award Case Study

For the 2020 Innovations in American Government Awards competition, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School sought initiatives that focus on increasing economic mobility and alleviating poverty among their constituents. One program stood out as an exemplar: Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement.

This initiative, launched in 2016 with the goal of supporting limited English speakers in finding gainful employment and making the successful transition to continuing and higher education, is a partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS Boston), and Social Finance. It is the first Pay for Success initiative in the United States to focus exclusively on workforce development.

This report, written by Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, provides an expert analysis of the award-winning program.

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