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RTI International collected data for the New Skills for Youth Phase 2 evaluation from the initiative’s start in early 2017 through its conclusion in December 2019.
Data sources include:
- 1. Telephone and in-person interviews with New Skills for Youth Phase 2 state team members; data specialists; and key partners at the state, regional, and local levels;
- 2. Telephone interviews with New Skills for Youth Phase 1-only state leads;
- 3. New Skills for Youth documentation, including state documents and program artifacts; New Skills for Youth snapshots and state profiles; and media sources; and
- 4. Data on career pathways-related indicators submitted by all states to meet New Skills for Youth requirements.
These data tell an incomplete story of states' accomplishments during New Skills for Youth. Data reflect only those activities and outcomes identified during the evaluation period, which was not long enough to observe changes in distal outcomes relating to students’ postsecondary and employment success. Even more proximal outcomes, such as attainment of dual credit and industry-recognized credentials, were difficult to assess due to the limitations of state data systems. Lastly, although indicator data provide valuable information for assessing trends in career pathways-related measures, changes in the indicators cannot be causally attributed to New Skills for Youth.