A Collaborative Implementation Evaluation of the Policy Acceleration Partnership (PAP) Program

In 2021, Ascend announced six recipients of the Aspen Policy Acceleration Partnership (PAP) grants, an effort to support cities, counties, and states committed to increasing family prosperity and well-being for student parents. Since then, these six public entities have worked with Ascend to increase student parent access to supports and public benefits. These partnerships will ensure that policies and systems lead parents to credentials and careers that provide living wages, access to opportunities for advancement, and continued learning in sectors with high growth and demand – and we’re proud to share their progress. Ascend contracted with Insight Policy Research to examine PAP program implementation from January to December 2022. This evaluation report describes important findings and key successes.