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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 10/12/2018
How do you know if your program or initiative is effective? How do you gather proven practices or implement evidence-based practices? To respond to these questions, WSS presents three research and evaluation resources! The following resources provide cases for using evidenced-based practices, advancing evidence-based decision-making, and applying two research methodologies–opportunistic experiments and qualitative methods—in human services programs and workforce collaboratives.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/29/2018
Across the country, educators are considering multiple strategies to help students learn and reach graduation. One strategy is competency-based education, which allows students to advance as they demonstrate a mastery of skills or content regardless of pace. These resources present recommendations to support competency-based education for overage and under-credited students, enrollment strategies for underrepresented and underprepared adults, and lessons from information technology programs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/14/2018
In the gig economy, self-employed and contingent workers find work through digital platforms and other avenues. Developing strategies to serve these freelance or gig workers is challenging, and public workforce agencies rely on research about the gig economy and the needs of these types of workers to understand and address these challenges. These two resources highlight ways to support gig workers, including public employment markets, skills trainings, networking events, and employer engagement.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 9/10/2018
A postsecondary degree or credential is increasingly necessary for success in today's job market. That said, postsecondary attainment by underrepresented students continues to lag when compared to their peers. These resources provide recommendations and evidence to help policymakers increase rates of graduation and credential attainment among low-income and underprepared students, including immigrants, ex-offenders, opportunity youth, and adults without high school credentials.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/30/2018
This Labor Day, Workforce System Strategies summarizes studies that may maximize employment opportunities for low-income individuals! These resources present findings from the Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER). The first, provides a synthesis of primary employment and training strategies for low-income adults, while the second estimates the impact of these strategies on labor outcomes. The last report focuses on the impact of financial incentives and sanctions.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/7/2018
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Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 8/3/2018
Do you find using a search engine to find evidence-based research overwhelming? Workforce System Strategies makes those intensive searches easier for you by profiling many of the most relevant studies and tools. These three fact sheets show you how easy WSS searches can be. Use and share them to help you and your colleagues zero in on the right study methodologies, explore resources by activities such as employer engagement, and find studies or guides relevant to target populations of interest.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/15/2018
In recent years, decision makers have become interested in behavioral science and its potential to motivate and improve results for program participants. US DOL’s Behavioral Interventions (DOL-BI) project explores how these interventions can enhance the outcomes of DOL-funded programs. These resources present findings of the DOL-BI project, identify promising behavioral strategies, and discuss how behavioral insights can inform programs to help people become self-sufficient.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 6/1/2018
Effective workforce development programs can help meet the needs of participants and employers. However, the delivery of such programs requires thoughtful planning and implementation. These resources discuss how research results and accountability measures can help administrators develop effective programs. The first two resources present approaches for using existing administrative data to conduct evaluations. The third discusses the use of performance measures to assess service delivery.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 5/19/2018
Policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers have created many strategies to prepare workers to meet the growing education and training requirements of the current and future American workforce. These resources explore some of those strategies. The first summarizes a national survey on Integrated Education and Training (IET). The second describes how states can connect rural communities to employment opportunities. The third presents a module on teaching and prioritizing employability skills.