State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding

“The Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE) initiative is a project of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, on behalf of six western states:  Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  Awarded by the US Department of Education on October 1, 2013, this five-year, $32.5 million award targets enrollment of  youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income and their families.  Expected outcomes of this initiative include increased education and household income for the families, and reduced dependency on public benefits.  ASPIRE is one of six PROMISE projects nationally funded by the US Department of Education.

The Policy Institute at the University of Utah leads formative evaluation activities for the six-state ASPIRE project. Other partners in the formative evaluation team are University of Kansas and University of Montana. The formative evaluation team provides monitoring and feedback to project staff to allow for adjustment and improvement of recruitment and enrollment procedures, training, service delivery, management, and reporting. The management information system that compiles and analyzes all operational data is housed at the University of Utah.”

  • Department of Education
  • School-to-Work Transition
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