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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

III. b. 4. A. Assessment of Core Programs

Describe how the core programs will be assessed each year based on State performance accountability measures described in section 116(b) of WIOA.  This State assessment must include the quality, effectiveness, and improvement of programs broken down by local area or provider.  Such state assessments should take into account local and regional planning goals.

Current Narrative:

At a minimum, core workforce system partners program services included in the WIOA State Plan, will be assessed using the six (6) common measures as provided in WIOA Section 116(b) and outlined in Training and Employment Guidance Letter WIOA No. 10-16, Change 1. The performance will be reported on the State and Local Workforce area level. Each Core Partners’ performance in each of the primary indicators of performance will be a start point for the further evaluation of quality, effectiveness, and opportunities for improvement. Each core partner program will submit their performance metrics in a statewide dashboard report on a quarterly basis. The quarterly dashboard report will be provided to the State Board’s Performance Accountability Committee with accomplishments, plans, and strategies to continue successes or make improvements, as necessary, how partners address areas that are not being met and the identification of resources or supports needed to move forward.

The ATLAS (Alabama’s Terminal on Linking and Analyzing Statistics) is being developed as the state’s longitudinal data system and is being implemented to provide workforce and educational attainment reports.  The data housed here will be used to meet business needs; improve training/education activities and programs; and ensure that the Alabama Career Centers are serving those most in need.

ATLAS will allow Alabama to use a data driven process to determine regional and state in-demand career pathways through examination and review of labor market information, wage records, and educational attainment data.  “Credentials of Value” can also be identified in careers in which braided WIOA and career and technical education funding can be focused.

The State does not fully understand the requirements of conducting an assessment over and above a review of WIOA performance.  Core programs individually assessed their performance using measures appropriate for their programs individually and made these reports available to the State Workforce Development Board. However, an overall assessment of the workforce system core partners has not been conducted. The State Workforce Development Board Innovation and Performance Accountability Committee will adopt policies and procedures to review performance and assessments for PY2020 and PY2021. The review process will include recommendations to improve or enhance performance outcomes at the regional and local levels. The State will also form a Technical Assistance Plan and seek guidance from federal agencies, workforcegps.org, and other resources. An assessment for PY 2019 will be performed after the end of the program year on June 30, 2020.

Core program partners will provide performance reports prior to the beginning of the next full program year and will be asked to address any corrective actions as needed to the full Board.