White Papers

Transforming Dropout Prevention Policy and Practice

Categorized Under: Education



School dropout is a widespread and serious problem in the United States, with enormous consequences for students who choose its path. While recent federal efforts related to dropout prevention measure the extent of the problem, this white paper explores ICF's recommendations to solve it. And while there is no "magic bullet" with regard to dropout prevention, effective changes to policy and practice based on in-depth research and a multi-faceted approach can positively change the lives of American youth.

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Authored By

  • Alan Porowski

    FellowICF International

    Allan Porowski is an expert in the design and conduct of comprehensive mixed-method evaluations. He is the co-principal investigator of the Drug Free Communities National Evaluation, a program involving an assessment of efforts by more than 650 community coalitions to prevent substance use. He also leads ICF's subcontract on the What Works Clearinghouse and is principal investigator for the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) National Evaluation, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

    Previously, Mr. Porowski has served as technical director for the national evaluation of Communities in Schools (CIS), the nation's largest dropout prevention program. He has also led technical aspects of other dropout prevention evaluations, including the Collaborative Dropout Reduction Pilot Program in Texas, Performance Learning Centers in Georgia, and CIS of Texas.

    Mr. Porowski has an M.P.A. from American University and a bachelor's degree in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.

Insight Details

Published: Apr 2, 2009
Source: ICF International

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