higher education

Workforce Development

Our workforce clients play a significant role in helping low-income individuals and low-skilled workers develop the skills they need to obtain jobs and join the dwindling labor force that is critical to the local and regional economy. We collaborate closely with our clients to assess the effectiveness of their training strategies and support services. Our evaluations are designed to help our clients make evidence-based decisions in order to strengthen their practices and improve not only the lives of individuals, but also their families. Our workforce evaluations have ranged across different various sectors and have included:

  • Nursing/Allied Health
  • Electronic Health Record Digitalization
  • Early Care & Education
  • STEM Teacher Preparation
  • Construction
  • Logistics
  • Emerging green careers for at-risk youth
  • Systems Change Coalitions & Networks

Expert Spotlight


Senior Research Associate

As a Senior Research Associate, Andrea designs and manages customized evaluations to help clients create social change. She specializes in implementation and impact evaluations in the areas of STEM education, K-12 arts and literacy education, and teacher certification programs in high-need areas, such as secondary science, mathematics and special education. With over 10 years of experience in evaluation, Andrea utilizes data to help clients effectively create quality improvements for programs in order to change the lives of participants and communities served. Empowered by VR’s mission and core values, Andrea views cultivating collaborative relationships with others as essential for achieving positive social outcomes. She earned her Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and attended UC Berkeley.