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Key Stakeholders

 

Input from key stakeholders, such as adult learners, local staff, partner organizations, and your state’s workforce development system, is critical in gaining a total perspective of your state’s adult education needs and capacity. Whether you conduct surveys, interviews, or focus groups to obtain their input, use these opportunities to establish long term relationships with representatives of the key stakeholder groups.  Once familiar with your program, they can help revise your plan over time.

 

A.     Students

Voice for Adult Literacy United for Education

One of VALUE's goals is to help adult learners effectively communicate with legislators and adult education officials. These policy makers make decisions which affect whether adult learners get the kind of education services they need. Adult learners can help policy makers make informed decisions. Learners can educate policy makers about (a) the needs of adult learners and (b) the value of investing in high-quality adult education.  This website provides a variety of resources, including descriptions of what various states are doing to involve students in the program planning process.

 

B.     Local Program Staff

Sample Practitioner Survey

This survey is designed to collect input from local directors, teachers, and other program staff on their perceived local needs and strengths in addition to recommendations for state-level services, goals, and priorities.  The document is copied from an online survey in Word and will take a few minutes to load. 

 

     West Virginia Planning Initiative

In fall 2002, West Virginia’s Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development asked the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CESD) to assist with a planning effort that would gain input from a variety of key stakeholders.  This overview provides a description of the needs assessment process and the questions that were asked to various audiences, including teachers and local program directors, through a mail and web-based survey.

 

C.     State-level Personnel

Sample State Staff Survey

This survey is designed to help state staff assess their current level of operation related to various program functions.  Fashioned after the State Adult Education Management and Leadership Functions:  A Self Assessment described below, this document is formatted as an electronic survey for your convenience.  It will take a few minutes to load.  For more information, contact Brenda James at the NAEPDC office (brames@naepdc.org)

 

     State Adult Education Management and Leadership Functions:  A Self Assessment

  

     This assessment was developed by NAEPDC to assist state directors and their staff in identifying program management and leadership needs in the state. Components include program planning, accountability, professional development, financial, staffing, local program applications, marketing and student recruitment, instructional/retention systems, program leadership, and expansion.

 

D.     Partner Agencies, Organizations, and Other Stakeholders

Sample Stakeholders Survey

This survey is designed to collect feedback from your key stakeholders and partnering agencies.  The brief set of questions, designed as an electronic survey, provides participants an opportunity to reflect on the strengths, improvement needs, and priorities of adult education as it relates to their individual agencies, businesses, or organizations.

 

      West Virginia Planning Initiative

In fall 2002, West Virginia’s Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development asked the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CESD) to assist with a planning effort that would gain input from a variety of key stakeholders, such as teachers, learners, program directors, partnering agencies, workforce development boards, etc.  This overview provides a description of the needs assessment process and questions that were asked to various audiences, including partnering agencies.

 

Contact us: Dr. Lennox McLendon, Executive Director; 444 North Capitol Street, NW; Suite 422; Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-624-5250; Fax: 202-624-1497; Email: lmclendon@naepdc.org