AIR is currently conducting a comprehensive job analysis and competency modeling project for all jobs across the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). This work represents a large-scale change initiative across the Metro organization and culture. Ultimately, the charge of this project is to move WMATA from its current state related to job descriptions and competencies to a more ideal future state. Our support includes conducting an environmental scan, baseline studies, job observations, structured interviews, surveys, workshops, and focus groups with job incumbents, supervisors, and other job experts.
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15 Dec 2014
For people with disabilities, does attaining educational success equal to that of their non-disabled peers ensure opportunities for financial independence and success? The current research does not describe the income difference between people with disabilities and their non-disabled counterparts in full-time employment by educational level, nor does it describe the subsequent economic impact on individuals, states, or the nation. This study addresses this gap in research.
14 Dec 2014
This infographic illustrates the results of an AIR analysis which concluded that workers with disabilities who have at least a high school education earn 37 percent less on average than their peers without disabilities, a disparity costing federal and state governments up to $31.5 billion in potential tax revenue.
13 Nov 2014
According to new AIR analysis of an international survey, a surprisingly large number of adults in the United States cannot apply reading or math skills to solve simple real life problems. In this blog post, Dan Sherman discusses the PIACC results he says educators, researchers, and policymakers need to explore to help improve adults' chances in a demanding job market.
5 Nov 2014
Human factors is a multidisciplinary field that examines the role of people in designing products, systems, and processes. In this video, Liza Josias, AIR senior researcher, explains why using human factors is a wise investment and how it can improve work performance.
The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) provides vital data on how many adults possess skills and cognitive abilities in numeracy and technology. But policymakers, educators, industry leaders, and others want to know the impact having those competencies has on types of employment, pay, work tasks, job satisfaction, and more. Analyses found that large portions of the population had relatively low skills in terms of numeracy and also solving problems in a technological environment.
AIR conducted studies to assist the FAA in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the controller selection process. For example, AIR conducted a concurrent criterion-related validation study of the AT-SAT test battery for selecting controllers to work in the tower cab. A secondary objective of this validation study was to examine the extent to which the AT-SAT could be leveraged to make decisions about controller placements into different facility levels. This project provided valuable insight into ways in which FAA’s existing AT-SAT battery can be used to make both selection and job placement decisions
9 Jul 2014
Research shows that one in six people who earns a Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) pursues a career outside the field, with women and blacks most likely to do so. This infographic breaks down the percentages.
9 Jul 2014
This infographic drawn from AIR research shows that, among men and women with STEM Ph.D.s who leave the STEM field, men are more likely to hold management positions.
The California Budget Act of 2012 included significant reforms to California’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program known as CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). AIR is partnering with the RAND Corporation to evaluate whether or not the reforms are achieving their objectives and if there are any unintended consequences.