Georgia: Performance Evaluation of the Workforce Development Project
The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC’s) second compact with the Republic of Georgia commenced in July 2014. The compact’s objective is to improve employment outcomes through investments in the education sector, with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty. The compact funds three projects that focus on improving general education, workforce development, and higher education, with an emphasis on improving labor market outcomes in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We are conducting a mixed-methods performance evaluation of the Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development project. It aims to increase the supply of Georgians with technical skills relevant to the local economy through investments in technical and vocational education and training.
The project includes four activities. Using an integrated approach, competitive grants for program improvement (activity 1) fund providers to establish new or improved course offerings that reflect industry demand for skills. The remaining activities include a set of small grants focused on strengthening provider practice (activity 2), providing technical assistance to government stakeholders designed to strengthen sector policy (activity 3), and supporting an annual conference (activity 4) to foster collaboration among providers, industry leaders, and relevant government policymakers. Mathematica’s rigorous evaluation of these components examines the impact of MCC-funded investments in the technical and vocational education and training sector.