Shifting from Even Start to Career Pathways : Evidenced Based Family Literacy Policy Driving Organizational Change
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
In this research project I identify a new model of family literacy service delivery, outline suggested policy revisions, and uncover areas of organizational change that will affect suggestions for policy implementation. Research examines evidence based policy to guide planning and implementation of family literacy programs focused on supporting career pathways through enactment of WIOA. I highlight support strategies for systemic implementation of new adult education policy using data on current and proposed policy. Using scholarship on organizational change I outline evidence based theories and strategies aligned with priorities and goals of the PDE for revising the family literacy model. The decision making matrix utilized to identify an evidence based model and the tools for operationalization of effective administration practice are highlighted as a framework for change management. I produce tools that administrators and practitioners may utilize as programs are tasked with shifting from a traditional model of family literacy to a model that requires collaborative efforts to effectively and efficiently deliver educational services for adult learners.
Deliverables of the research include policy recommendations for a revised family literacy service delivery model and a process map for successful management of organizational change through implementation of public policy. The product of this research will provide a framework for future research into the field of family literacy evidenced based practice and evidenced based management of change through the policy process. Drawing on models of success for revised public policy while investigating strategies for systemic change this project lays the foundation to further practitioner understanding of the connection between policy and practice. The overarching goal of my research is to develop suggestions for managing organizational change within adult education agencies located in Pennsylvania when implementing new evidence based policy to guide family literacy service delivery.