Design, Sites, and Data Sources
The Green Jobs Case Study will be designed to get insights from stakeholders who are directly affected by the rise of the green job market. Data sources may include:
Site Visits: This phase will include interviews with leaders at each site and facilities tours to understand infrastructure and scale, and observations of training and other relevant activities. Interviews with program supervisors and key partners will seek to understand what stakeholders are doing to prepare students/participants for the green labor market, including understanding what skills and possible credentials are necessary, as well as employer demand for skilled workers. MDRC’s Center for Effective Career and Technical Education will also seek to learn more about how trainers and educators understand the full range of jobs that are part of the green economy, as well as gain an understanding of both more traditional green jobs (for instance, solar and wind installers) and existing jobs that are “greening” in response to changing economic and climate needs (for example, how to make HVAC systems be responsive to more variable changes in temperature or use less energy).
Interviews: Interviews with instructors and other program staff, such as case managers/coaches, advisors, and job placement specialists, will investigate how these programs are marketed and who participates in them; what kinds of skills are necessary to begin training and who is screened in or out; how training is delivered (for instance, hands-on versus text-based); what kinds of supports students need to be successful in training, and whether and how they receive those supports; how students make decisions about specific pathways within the green jobs industry; and what kinds of assistance they get, if any, in finding employment in their field of study. If feasible, classroom training will be observed and focus groups conducted with students to learn about their experiences in the program. An additional area for exploration will be whether and how students in green jobs training programs understand larger issues of climate. For example, does training for green jobs and green industries have an impact on overall knowledge about climate change and sustainability?