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Increasing Quality through Accountability - How to Optimize Education and Workforce Impact investing

Gopika Mavalankar July 13, 2022

This session will provide insight on how learners, employers and state systems can evaluate if they are getting a high return on investment on various educational and training programs.

As the number of short-term, non-degree, and credential programs proliferate within postsecondary education, it has become harder than ever for students, workers, employers, state systems, and investors to evaluate the quality of different education and training options and make informed decisions about where to invest their time and money—and why.

In this fireside chat, JFF’s Education Quality Outcomes Standards (EQOS) Interim Executive Director Stephen Yadzinski along with Tyton Partner’s Andrea Mainelli and Strada Education’s Michael Morris will explore new methodologies and tools for determining the value of education and training opportunities that will help identify effectiveness and maximize return on investment for all stakeholders.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Accountability


Impact investment; workforce development; education

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This session would showcase the work of JFF and Education Quality Outcomes Standards to identify high quality programs and maximize return on investment for all stakeholders in postsecondary education by increasing transparency and accountability at scale. The speakers will discuss how creating new methodologies for evaluating quality, including measuring equity of programs, as well as developing new tools for education and career navigation will clarify the confusing postsecondary landscape for students, employers, state systems, and investors.


  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers


  • NameStephen Yadzinski
  • TitleSenior Innovation Officer
  • OrganizationJobs for the Future
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameAndrea Mainelli
  • TitleSenior Advisor
  • OrganizationTyton Partners
  • StatusConfirmed, Invited
  • NameMichael Morris
  • TitleVice President
  • OrganizationStrada Education Network
  • StatusInvited
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