Over the last two years, the Small Business Administration has made laudable progress in building and using evidence in order to learn what works and help programs improve. That includes launching an evaluation office and a chief data officer role within the CFO’s office, as well as creating a learning agenda to identify priority research questions from its bureaus.
To learn more, we are joined by Jason Bossie, who serves as the Director of SBA’s Office of Performance Management, serving under CFO Tim Gribben.
Web extra: Jason discusses the SBA’s acquisition vehicle for program evaluation and why it’s been useful. [click here]
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It has been estimated that more than half of Americans are saving too little to support an adequate lifestyle if they plan to retire at age 65. It was economist and recent Nobel prize winner Richard Thaler who suggested a fix: Make payroll retirement savings plans available to everyone and then by add design features to make it easier for workers to make good choices.
The State of Oregon was the first out of the gate to do that. In 2017, it launched OregonSaves, a savings plan that covers private sector workers who do not otherwise have access to a savings plan in their workplace. Eight states have similar programs in the works, including California and Illinois, which are expected to start their versions in 2018. To learn more about OregonSaves, we are joined by its founding executive director, Lisa Massena.
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Low-income and first-generation students enroll in and complete college at much lower rates than their more advantaged peers. This is particularly problematic because of the strong link between educational attainment and subsequent earnings, underscoring the need to find effective strategies that promote persistence and degree attainment.
We profile two such programs that are making an important difference, as shown by rigorous program evaluations. They are the City University of New York’s (CUNY’s) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and the Dell Scholars program. We are joined by two researchers who helped lead the respective evaluations of these programs. Lindsay Page (@linzcpage) is a professor at the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh and Michael Weiss (@MDRC_News) is a Senior Associate at MDRC.
Additional resources: Learn more by accessing MDRC’s reports on CUNY ASAP [click here] and the study of the Dell Scholars Program by Lindsay Page and her co-authors, Stacy Kehoe, Benjamin Castleman and Gumilang Sahadewo [click here].
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