According to the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey (2014), millions of US adults need basic skills. Current adult education resources serve approximately 10% of these adults annually, leaving 30 million without participation. The deterrents and the solutions are pressing issues for policymakers and adult educators. VALUEUSA believes adults themselves can best answer questions on why they don’t participate and is partnering with Research Allies for Lifelong Learning to evaluate deterrents and solutions – including use of technology – to boost participation.

VALUEUSA is a national non-profit organization committed to adult learner involvement and leadership. In 2017 and 2018 the CAPE research team will survey the motivations of and conduct group interviews with 140 adults. Adults will identify and prioritize deterrents, root causes, and solutions with researchers. These data will inform the field of adult education to motivate adults to participate.