Reports and Publications

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Reports and Publications

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2019 Annual Report

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services—known as DACOWITS—delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense advice and recommendations on policies related to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of the highly qualified professional women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2018 Insight collected and analyzed data from focus groups with hundreds of military service members, conducted several literature reviews, and compiled findings from a wide array of data sources to inform eight topic areas.

Authored by Insight’s military and veteran support team, the DACOWITS’s 2019 Annual Report presents key research findings and 16 recommendations to advise the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: conscious and unconscious gender bias, improving female retention, variance in women’s retention at senior levels with emphasis on race/ethnicity, physical fitness tests, women in ships, Marine Corps recruit training, childcare resources, domestic abuse affecting servicewomen, breastfeeding and lactation support, pregnancy policies, women’s reintegration, and maternity uniforms.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2019 Focus Group Report

This summary report outlines the findings from focus groups conducted for the 2019 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS collected qualitative and quantitative data during visits to eight military installations representing all four U.S. Department of Defense Service branches (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force). During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed three topics: conscious and unconscious gender bias, pregnancy and parenthood, and physical fitness assessments.

Estimating Jobs Corps Cost per Enrollee and Cost per Graduate

The Department of Labor’s Jobs Corps is the nation’s largest residential education and job training program for at-risk youth. Authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the program serves approximately 60,000 participants per year. This report presents a methodology that creates more accurate estimates of costs for two key WIOA performance measures—cost per enrollee and cost per graduate. The data used to track these costs—and the data used to track enrollees and graduates—come from multiple sources, each used for different reporting and accounting purposes. As a result, the sources account for costs in different ways and aggregate data at different levels. The report details a methodology developed by Insight to address these challenges that will help the program better meet WIOA reporting requirements, result in more accurate estimates, provide transparency to Congress and the American public, and increase the efficiency of the reporting process.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2018 Annual Report

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services—known as DACOWITS—delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense advice and recommendations on policies related to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of the highly qualified professional women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2018 Insight collected and analyzed data from focus groups with hundreds of military service members, conducted several literature reviews, and compiled findings from a wide array of data sources to inform 15 topic areas.

Authored by Insight’s military and veteran support team, the DACOWITS’s 2018 Annual Report presents key research findings and nine recommendations to advise the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: marketing strategies, gender integration, Marine Corps recruit training, personal protective equipment, healthy unit climate, parental leave policies, performance evaluations, and transition assistance.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2018 Focus Group Report

This summary report outlines the findings from focus groups conducted for the 2018 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS collected qualitative and quantitative data during visits to nine military installations representing all four U.S. Department of Defense Service branches (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy) and the Coast Guard. During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed four topics: marketing, instructors, career and family planning, and unit climate and culture.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2017 Annual Report

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services—known as DACOWITS—delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense advice and recommendations on policies related to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of the highly qualified professional women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2017 Insight collected and analyzed data from focus groups with hundreds of military Service members, conducted several literature reviews, and compiled findings from a wide array of data sources to inform 13 topic areas.

Authored by Insight’s military and veteran support team, the DACOWITS’s 2017 Annual Report presents key research finding and 17 recommendations to advise the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: accessions and marketing, dual-military co-location policy, midcareer retention, propensity to serve, recruiting strategies, gender integration, gender-integrated boxing programs at the military service academies, job opportunities and assignments to facilitate promotion, physiological gender differences, childcare resources, family care plans, impact of social media/online harassment, and parental leave policies.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2017 Focus Group Report

This summary report outlines the findings from focus groups conducted for the 2017 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS collected qualitative and quantitative data during visits to five military installations representing all four U.S. Department of Defense Service branches (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy) and the Coast Guard. During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed the following five topics: propensity to serve, midcareer retention, parental Leave, childcare including family care plans, and gender integration. DACOWITS also conducted a case study that included focus groups at Fort Hood with participants from units integrating the first women into the newly opened combat arms specialties of infantry and armor.

A Comprehensive Study on Florida Middle School Performance

The middle school years represent an important time in children’s development. The knowledge, skills, and social interactions students gain in middle school have a lasting influence on student motivation and academic achievement in high school and beyond. Research indicates that student performance in mathematics in grade 8 predicts future mathematical achievement, and students who are poor readers are more likely to drop out before graduating high school. In 2015, Florida ranked 44th among states and the District of Columbia scoring at or above basic in mathematics and 33rd in reading on the eighth-grade National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment. In an effort to improve middle grades achievement in the state, the Florida Legislature funded a comprehensive study of six states nationally recognized as having high performance on the eighth-grade NAEP in reading and mathematics. This report outlines findings from a comprehensive examination of middle grade performance, policies, and practices in Florida and the six states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, and Washington.

Identifying and Addressing Priority Education Needs: A Cross-Regional Advisory Committee Analysis

This report summarizes the activities and results of the ten 2016 Regional Advisory Committees (RACs), established under the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.). The RACs were formed to identify each region’s most critical educational needs and develop recommendations for technical assistance to meet those needs. The technical assistance provided to state education agencies (SEAs) aims to build capacity for local education agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improve educational outcomes for all students; close achievement gaps; and improve the quality of instruction.

Members of the committees were nominated by themselves or others and represented a variety of stakeholders, including the business community, LEAs and SEAs, institutions of higher education, and practicing educators. Ninety-three individuals were invited to participate in the RACs, of which 85 agreed to participate. Overall, 66 of these members submitted needs assessment reports.

The West Region: A Report Identifying and Addressing the Region’s Educational Needs

This report summarizes the activities and results of the West Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), 1 of 10 RACs established under the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.). The RACs were formed to identify the region’s most critical educational needs and develop recommendations for technical assistance to meet those needs. The technical assistance provided to state education agencies (SEAs) aims to build capacity for supporting local education agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improving educational outcomes for all students; closing achievement gaps; and improving the quality of instruction. The report represents the work of the West RAC, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.

Committee members convened three times and reached out to their respective constituencies between July 19, 2016, and August 31, 2016. Members of the West RAC represented a variety of stakeholders from LEAs, SEAs, businesses, regional service agencies, and higher education. The members collaborated, communicated, and shared resources using Communities360⁰, an interactive online platform hosted within the larger GRADS360⁰ system housed within the secure U.S. Department of Education environment. Table A provides a list of committee members and their affiliations. A stakeholder from Arizona and a stakeholder from California initially elected to participate on the RAC but withdrew from the committee during the course of the work in August.