Adult Education Coordination and Planning (AECAP) Guide for State Leaders
This guide provides a framework and recommendations to assist adult education practitioners in coordinating and facilitating partnerships, implementing strategies in planning for systems improvement, and using innovative practices and activities. The guidelines are based on a demonstration program of the Adult Education Coordination and Planning Project and includes work in two cities in each of six states – Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, and Washington. These states participated in field testing of the AIDDE@ planning process (Analyze, Identify, Design, Document, and Evaluate) as well as developing, implementing, and evaluating practices and activities.
The guide includes recommendations based on lessons learned from the project in three key areas:
- Using processes for planning and partnership development
- Developing and supporting a state initiative in local coordination, and
- Planning coordinated local services.
The Appendix provides templates that may be used by practitioners to assist in program planning and improvement processes.
Expert 1: This Guide is clearly organized and clearly written – quite accessible. While its content does not represent much that can be considered “new” or surprising information about the benefits and challenges of interagency planning and coordination, I have no doubt that it has value for the field. It will be especially useful to those members of its target audience – state-level ABE staff – who are unfamiliar with, or have never participated in, a structured and data-driven quality improvement planning process. For those who have done so, the planning model presented would be familiar and not particularly intimidating. And while this is not explicitly stated as a goal of the writers, I think that local program administrators might also be very interested in the information and advice offered concerning planning for local coordination of services. The state and local program illustrations might be of particular interest and use.
Expert 2: Information is repeated and expanded to include particular examples. The list of steps in developing and supporting a state initiative (page 31) is probably most useful as a reminder to those who have participated in program design, change or improvement. Appendices also present rubrics and other heuristics used by programs participating in the initiative.