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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


The Challenge of "Soft Skills" Measurement: Toward a Common Approach


7315 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1200W
Bethesda, MD, United States 20814
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May 28, 2014 (Wed), 3:30pm-5:00pm (EDT)


Join the Workforce Connections Community of Practice launch event on May 28.  Interested participants who are unable to attend in-person may join the event remotely via a webinar.  Please click here to register for the event.


About the Workforce Connections Community of Practice

The newly-launched Workforce Connections Community of Practice promotes dialogue and knowledge exchange among international youth workforce development professionals. Workforce Connections is funded by the USAID Office of Education and managed by FHI 360. Partners include Making Cents International, Child Trends, and RTI International.


About the Event

There is widespread agreement among employers, international donors and youth development practitioners that "soft skills" (e.g. communications, teamwork, and problem-solving), are important for successful transition into adulthood and for success in the workplace. Research carried out in the US has highlighted the importance of noncognitive skills or character traits such as conscientiousness, self-regulation and perseverance on long-term success in education and in wages.

However, agreement is lacking around the definitions of and terminology for these skills, and more importantly, which skills are the most important for work readiness, particularly in developing country contexts. This lack of consensus and lack of assessment frameworks and tools to measure the development of those skills across different international contexts are obstacles to the field of youth workforce development.

Join the discussion! This event will provide an in-depth review of recent and current efforts toward standardizing measurement approaches to soft and noncognitive skills in international workforce development programs, while drawing on lessons learned from past efforts that resulted in a common measurement approach to USAID early grade reading programs.


  • RTI International: Lessons learned from the development of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) measurement tool
  • USAID Office of Education, Results of "Scan and Review of Life Skills Measurement Tools"
  • Child Trends, Preview of efforts to develop a common conceptual framework for soft and noncognitive skills measurement in international workforce development


  • Luis Crouch, RTI International
  • Eric Johnson, USAID Office of Education
  • Laura Lippman, Child Trends
  • Kristin Anderson Moore, Child Trends
  • Lara Goldmark (Moderator), FHI 360

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