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Return on Investment Analysis of a Selected Set of Workforce System Programs in Indiana. December 2009
To complement the 2nd NCHEMS Performance Report (2009), the Indiana Chamber contracted with Dr. Kevin Hollenbeck of the W.E. Upjohn Institute (Upjohn) to calculate the net impact and return on investment for Indiana’s public workforce training programs. Unfortunately, Upjohn was able to obtain data for only 5 different training programs, so the results are less comprehensive than would be ideal. Still the following data should give policymakers a feel for the potential this tool offers to compare the impact of different types of workforce training programs, conduct “what if” analyses about potential policy changes, and compare subgroups within each type of program.

Recommended Policies and Practices for Advancing Adult Education and Workforce Training
Hoosier adults in need of education and training are currently faced with a maze of more than 20 different programs from at least four different providers. The path the adult learner takes is as much a result of chance encounters as guided by state policy, according to this new report compiled for the Indiana Chamber by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. Recommendations are offered to create a more collaborative and effective adult education and workforce training system in the state.

Indiana's Adult Education and Workforce Performance Report
Like in many states across the U.S., educators and policymakers in Indiana face a daunting challenge as they strive to improve the education levels of the current workforce. While nearly all workers need additional education and training throughout their careers, there are certain segments of Indiana’s workforce that require more immediate intervention in order to become gainfully employed or advance to better jobs.

A Demand-Side Strategy to Meet Indiana’s Workforce Basic Skills Challenge
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiated the Employer-Driven Workforce Literacy Project in late 2003. The goal is to upgrade the literacy levels of Indiana’s incumbent workforce through the development of employer-driven programs.

Indiana Project for Efficient Local Government
Government exists to provide services people need or want. Local governmental entities in Indiana appropriated more than $4.2 billion in 2002 to deliver such services to their constituents.

Accelerating Growth in Indiana’s Mid-Market Companies
New study to aid mid-market companies (with $5-$50 million in revenue) expand their growth and become even more successful.

Economic Vision 2010 Report Card
Annual grading of Indiana’s economic performance in six major categories and 15 sub-categories; evaluates Indiana against other states.

Indiana’s High School Graduation Rate
Using a formula that relies heavily on the under-reported dropout numbers, Indiana has claimed steady increases in its graduation rate and a current graduation rate of nearly 90 percent. This report uses nine alternative calculation methods developed by various public policy organizations and individual researchers to overcome the widely recognized inaccuracies of dropout data and to produce a more accurate estimate of high school graduation rates.

Legislative Vote Analysis
Annual post-session report on voting scores for Indiana’s state legislators across a wide range of key business bills.

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