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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.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 4/20/2018
Apprenticeships provide individuals with on-the-job training and contextualized learning. For over 80 years, US DOL has overseen the Registered Apprenticeship (RA) system, in partnership with State Apprenticeship Agencies. Today there are about 22,000 RAs across the U.S. These resources analyze the cost and benefits of RAs from a business lens, explore ways to better align apprenticeships with education programs, and offer strategies that workforce boards and stakeholders can use to expand RAs.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 4/7/2018
Initiated in 2007, PACE aims to increase self-sufficiency among low-income families through promising career pathways strategies. The PACE evaluation uses random assignment to estimate the impact of nine PACE programs across the country on the employment, earnings, and education outcomes of low-skilled adults. The first two resources profile PACE programs in Chicago and Des Moines. The third describes the characteristics of individuals recruited into the study across all nine sites.