STEP’s initial beta target population will be developed in collaboration with correctional personnel and the business community. STEP will also partner with several San Mateo County-based non-profits.

Evaluation Measures

Each individual, along with their advisers, will establish learning objectives and measure the success of the training in meeting those objectives through techniques such as pre and post testing.

The long term recidivism rate will be tracked for participating individuals, measuring results at the end of the first cycle and for one, two, three, and five years beyond the completion of the program.

Elements of the program will be modified as needed if short or long term evaluation indicates a need for change. The intent of these evaluation measures is to immediately assess effectiveness of individual course outcomes and also to determine the extent to which this additional education improves individual opportunities and thus decreases recidivism.

Evidence-based Management, Practices & Policies, and Adult Learning

STEP uses evidence-based management (EBM) to continuously improve organizational decision-making, processes, and outcomes. EBM allows STEP to be lean and agile, and to create a comprehensive approach to recidivism that meets the needs of all stakeholders. Utilizing an EBM approach to organizational development and program development and deliver means creating an organization:

  1. In which people are encouraged to tell the truth, even if it is unpleasant or not popular to do so.
  2. That is committed to "fact based" decision-making — which means reinforcing getting and using the best evidence to guide actions.
  3. That avoids basing decisions on untested but strongly held beliefs on what has been done in the past, on uncritical "benchmarking” of what winners do, and on such ideas as “people will never change”, and “most people do not like change”.
  4. That treats the organization as an unfinished prototype -- encouraging experimentation and learning by doing (including use of beta-groups for testing ideas and processes).
  5. That looks for the risks and drawbacks in what people recommend -- even the best medicine has side effects. (http://evidence-basedmanagement.com)

STEP As An Organization

Is committed to staying up-to-date on best practices and organizational research to determine how best to continuously improve organizational operations through the integration of Lean concepts, including the use of PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) for operations evaluation and improvement.

STEP As a Deliverer of Comprehensive Programs


Skills assessment regarding vocational and educational pursuits.


Academic and vocational advising oriented towards creating a comprehensive plan for employment.


Designing and teaching seminars (e.g., financial literacy, professional writing, time management, etc.)


Effective one-on-one mentoring.


Finding resources like financial aid, child-care subsidies, and scholarships.


Creating / finding paid and unpaid internships.