Improving the Design, Targeting, and Effectiveness of Training and Technical Assistance: A Learning Agenda

Improving the Design, Targeting, and Effectiveness of Training and Technical Assistance: A Learning Agenda

Published: Jan 25, 2021
Publisher: Mathematica
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Associated Project

Models of Coordination and Technical Assistance to Achieve Outcomes in Communities

Time frame: 2019-2021

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Authors

Amanda Benton

Gretchen Lehman

Key Findings

This learning agenda identifies research activities that can inform the design, targeting, and effectiveness of training and technical assistance (TA) approaches and activities.

The agenda covers several topics for further learning:

  • Testing the effectiveness of different training and TA approaches
  • Designing training and TA that engages recipients
  • Incorporating considerations of equitable access to and benefits from training and TA across recipient individuals and organizations
  • Developing and conducting training and TA needs assessments
  • Special considerations for training and TA related to cross-sector collaboration
  • Funders, developers, providers, and researchers of training and TA—including those in government and philanthropy—can use this learning agenda to invest in knowledge-building activities for the field.

The Models of Coordination and Technical Assistance to Achieve Outcomes in Communities project sought to better understand the gaps in knowledge about what works in training and TA—what forms of it are effective and under what circumstances, who it can help, and how to improve its effectiveness. To inform the field, ASPE and Mathematica conducted a literature review, convened over 30 training and TA stakeholders (technical experts), and surveyed members of an internal HHS group focused on sharing training and TA practices about topics of interest. This learning agenda suggests ways in which training and TA stakeholders might further explore these topics.

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