Policy to Performance Toolkit
The Policy to Performance project, conducted from 2009 to 2012 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, was designed to advance state activities in systems and policy development to facilitate adults' transition from adult basic education (ABE) to postsecondary education, training, and employment. State ABE staff and their interagency partners from eight states participated in Policy to Performance and received technical assistance about ABE state systems and policy development through national meetings, customized coaching, and telephone and email communication. The technical assistance included strategies and tools for state ABE staff to use in working with their interagency partners to align services and policies that would result in a coherent set of activities for a well-functioning state ABE transition system.
The Policy to Performance Toolkit is designed to provide state adult education staff and key stakeholders with guidance and tools to use in developing, implementing, and monitoring state policies and their associated practices that support effective state ABE to postsecondary transition systems. The Policy to Performance Toolkit is based on the processes and findings from the Policy to Performance Project. The tools and practices utilized in the project were compiled into a comprehensive and interactive Toolkit that provides users with guidance and strategies for strengthening existing or developing new ABE state transition systems. The Policy to Performance Toolkit offers users downloadable resources and writable tools, as well as provides examples of how participating states applied the tools and processes discussed in the Toolkit.
The Toolkit is organized to assist state adult education staff in analyzing current ABE transition activities, determining the gaps in their current transition policies and practices, and reframing existing policies or developing new policies to advance low-skilled adults’ transition to postsecondary education, training, and employment. Users of the Policy to Performance Toolkit may want to form a working group of state staff from within and outside of adult education to guide the transition system building activities described in the Toolkit.
This resource was developed through the Policy to Performance: Transitioning Adults to Opportunity initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-04-CO-0051/0007.