Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Qual. Care (R. W. Johnson) - Christopher T. King

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Principal Investigator: Christopher T. King
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Research Partners: Johns Hopkins University and University of Baltimore
Project Duration: December 2007 - December 2009

Researchers at the University of Texas’ Ray Marshall Center, in combination with those at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore propose to advance the understanding of work-based learning (WBL) and career advancement strategies and bolster the business case for these strategies by applying a rigorous return-on-investment (ROI) approach to two Jobs-to-Careers Projects, the Austin Healthcare Collaborative and the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare. The research will offer a framework for applying state-of-the-art ROI to frontline health/healthcare worker efforts, compute initial ROI estimates for participants (e.g., employees, employers), taxpayers and society and address their implications.

Questions to be addressed are:

  • What are key features of WBL and career advancement strategies in the two sites that are expected contributors to the success of frontline health/healthcare workers and how can these best be measured?
  • What are key elements of the returns to WBL and career advancement strategies and how can these best be measured?
  • What is the near-term (1-2 year) ROI for WBL and career advancement strategies for health/healthcare workers for participants, taxpayers/funders and society?
  • How are benefits and costs of WBL and career advancement strategies shared among the actors involved, especially participants themselves? Should participants, taxpayers or society be shouldering a greater share of the costs in light of the distribution of benefits?

The research will feature theoretical/conceptual analysis and fieldwork in year one, and data collection, impact and ROI estimation in year two. It will contribute to understanding the business case for WBL and career advancement strategies for frontline health/healthcare workers, guide future investments in frontline worker strategies, and increase understanding of the burden sharing of costs.

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