Policy to Performance Overview


Publication: 2012-02-28


What does “Policy” mean in this project? The Policy to Performance initiative defines policy as a formal or informal plan or course of action designed to influence and determine a clear set of outcomes intended to promote the advancement of college and career readiness for adults participating in Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funded programs. Policy in this context can include strategies such as, the issuing of specific RFP priorities, the design of performance-based funding formulae or written public rules and regulations. Such a broad interpretation of policy affords states maximum flexibility by enabling them to identify an array of potential systemic levers that can be engaged to promote college and career readiness for low-skilled adults and adult learners.

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Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Policy to Performance


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education has launched a new initiative called Policy to Performance: Transitioning Adults to Opportunity. This initiative supports the broad goals of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as well as aligns with the President’s American Graduation Initiative. President Obama stated that “Now is the time to build a firmer, stronger foundation for growth that will not only withstand future economic storms, but that will help us thrive and compete in a global economy”. Policy to Performance aims to assist states in meeting this goal through targeted technical assistance services designed to advance low-skilled adults into postsecondary education and employment.


  • U.S. Department of Education

  • Office of Vocational and Adult EducationU.S. Department of Education

  • Low-Skilled Adults

  • StatesHow does Policy to Performance enhance states’ existing efforts? States across the country have been working on developing higher education initiatives that help citizens transition into the workforce where they can secure family sustaining incomes. State Adult Education systems are aligning policies and practice to help adult learners prepare for the 21st century workforce demands. However this work varies greatly in approach and intensity. Policy to Performance is seeking to advance existing states’ efforts in smoothing the transition between adult education and postsecondary and employment.

  • Adult Education Systems