To support states in strengthening capacity, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration offers a technical assistance opportunity—the Peer Learning Cohort on Evaluation (EvalPLC). These briefs summarize activities, strengths, and challenges related to states’ evaluation capacity, insights, and successes of the state teams that participated in the peer cohorts.

Throughout the EvalPLC, the peer learning cohorts had the opportunity to:

  • Use the State Workforce Agency Evaluation Toolkit to self-assess evaluation readiness, design, and implementation strengths and challenges.
  • Participate in five virtual workgroup meetings to build knowledge, facilitate peer learning, and support teams to develop future evaluation plans.
  • Meet for several hours each month with a coach who provides resources, expert advice, and peer connections tailored to each state’s needs and opportunities for improvement.
  • Exchange promising practices across states and engage with workforce system evaluation subject matter experts (SMEs).

Each cohort features facilitated peer learning exchanges and SME presentations on evaluation topics identified from review of the state teams’ self-assessments. Information gained from the evaluation self-assessment results informed the topics for the EvalPLC meetings, peer conversations, and individualized coaching sessions as EvalPLC teams developed a state-specific Capstone Project or Evaluation Action Plan.