Evaluation Final Report for the Georgia II Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development Project

Evaluation Final Report for the Georgia II Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development Project

Published: Jan 17, 2023
Publisher: Mathematica
Associated Project

Georgia: Evaluation of the Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development (ISWD) Project

Time frame: 2017-2022

Prepared for:

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Key Findings
  • More than three-quarters of technical and vocational educa­tion and training (TVET) trainees found employment within a year of the course ending; however, only one-third found a full-time job relevant to their course.
  • Benchmarking against all public TVET courses in Georgia suggests that the new courses likely improved the employ­ment rate and earnings of trainees during the pandemic.
  • The 10 TVET providers with larger grants continued to offer all of the new courses two years after the end of the compact.
  • The project’s technical assistance efforts may have contributed to important policy reforms after the compact.

The Government of Georgia and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) developed a five-year compact (2014–2019) to improve the quality of education in science, technology, engineering, and math, and thereby develop a more skilled Georgian labor force. The Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development (ISWD) project, with a total investment of $16 million, was designed to increase the number of Georgians with technical skills that are relevant to the local economy by investing in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). MCC partnered with Mathematica to evaluate the implementation and potential effects of the ISWD project. The evaluation involves a mixed-methods approach that draws on both qualitative and quantitative data to explore how the project was implemented, what its effects on TVET trainees are, and how likely it is that project-supported activities will be sustained after the compact ended.

In this report, Mathematica researchers present the final results of the performance evaluation using data collected up to 2.5 years after the compact ended. These data include: (1) a follow-up tracer survey; (2) qualitative data from grantees, employers, and stakeholders; (3) administrative data.

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