Performance Measurement and Management

Performance Measurement and Management

Building thoughtful, targeted performance systems into public programs can create or boost incentives to improve services to low-income people. For anti-poverty programs, well-designed performance systems incent partners to effectively align services in cross-program pathway models for people with barriers to employment.

CLASP has analyzed and advocated for positive performance policies in a number of areas, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFLA), Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTE), State Postsecondary Outcomes-based funding (OBF), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T), among others.


The Human Resources Subcommittee of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee recently released a discussion draft of a TANF reauthorization bill for public comment. Section 7 of this draft includes a set of proposed measures of employment outcomes for TANF leavers. These comments on the performance measures supplement CLASP’s formal testimony for the record on the discussion draft bill. We begin with some overall thoughts on the role of outcome measures in TANF. We then provide specific comments on the measures, goals, data sources, timing, and sanctions for failure.

Feb 19, 2015 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP provided these comments on the U.S. Department of Education’s draft framework for a college ratings system.

Dec 12, 2014 | Report/Brief | CLASP

This paper provides a framework for understanding the full scope of shared accountability and is intended to promote discussion of how WIOA performance accountability provisions could be aligned to integrate service delivery.

Nov 21, 2014 | Report/Brief | CLASP

CLASP issued these recommendations for implementing PIRS in a way that empowers students by providing the information they need to make informed decisions while also avoiding unintended consequences, especially for low-income and under-represented students.

This brief from class provides an introduction to Social Impact Bonds, explaining how they work, how impact is measured, and their potential benefit to vulnerable communities.

CLASP submitted these comments on a proposed Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS).

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