The results from a recent 350-hour pilot program in Silicon Valley have confirmed the effectiveness of combining technical education and apprenticeships in reducing recidivism. The pilot program was designed to test the transformative approach that involves following best practices and frameworks, utilizing SMARTER goals to guide service implementation, using DAIMC to evaluate and improve the service continuously, applying Six Sigma to solve problems and increase efficiency, and adopting Design Thinking to consider the needs of individuals and design services accordingly. The pilot program yielded promising results and has provided valuable insights into implementing this approach in reducing recidivism.
Despite the limitations uncovered in our 350-hour pilot in Silicon Valley, we have planted a flag and remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing recidivism through technical education and apprenticeships. We will use the insights gained from the pilot to refine our approach, focus our efforts, and drive a more significant impact in our mission to help individuals overcome challenges and achieve long-term success.
Blue Oceans and Flag Planting
The phrase “planting a flag” typically means to set a goal and take physical action to mark that goal. This action is often symbolic and can be done in a variety of ways, from painting a flag on a rock to placing a flag on the moon. In business, this phrase is often used to talk about establishing a presence or territory in a new market or location.
Planting a flag can correlate to the blue ocean strategy, a business concept that focuses on creating uncontested market space and making the competition irrelevant. In this strategy, the idea of “planting a flag” means setting a goal and using strategic intent to create a larger space in the industry. This is done by creating a product or service that is not offered by any competitors, thus creating a “blue ocean” of opportunity. This can be done by focusing on innovation and creating a unique value proposition that competitors do not offer.
Scaling the Program: Based on the results from the pilot program, the next step is to scale the program and reach more individuals who could benefit from it. This can be done through partnerships with organizations, expanding the program to other regions, and increasing resources.
Improving Outcomes: The results from the pilot program can be used to further improve outcomes by identifying areas for improvement and refining the approach. This can be done through continuous evaluation, testing new methods and strategies, and making changes where necessary.
Developing Partnerships: The pilot program has demonstrated the potential of combining technical education and apprenticeships in reducing recidivism. Partnerships with organizations in the education, employment, and criminal justice sectors can help to achieve better results and reach more individuals.
Offering Job Placement Services: A key part of the program’s success is providing job training and employment opportunities. This can be further improved by offering job placement services that connect individuals with employers and provide support throughout the hiring process.
Raising Awareness: Raising awareness about the program and its potential to reduce recidivism is crucial in attracting more resources and partners. This can be done through community outreach, marketing campaigns, and media engagement.