Evaluation Design Options for the Long-Term Care Registered Apprenticeship Program. 4.5. Limited Data Available at Sites

09/01/2011

One possible source of data in some evaluations is administrative data that is routinely collected by the employer sponsors whose programs are being evaluated. LTC RAPs report some data to DOL through RAPIDS. In terms of evaluation, RAPIDS data is useful for identifying the universe of sponsors and apprentices, and some socioeconomic characteristics and Social Security numbers of apprentices and Employer Identification Numbers of employers, but it does not have outcome data and some of the data is not updated on a regular basis. Moreover, during the site visits, providers reported that they collected very limited data on outcomes or costs. Most sites did collect data on wages, benefits, tenure, and turnover, but not in a common format across sites. Thus, data routinely collected by the LTC RAPs is unlikely to provide much needed data for the evaluation. New data will need to be collected for an evaluation.

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