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 Strategies (WSS) – Overview. Do you know someone looking for evidence-based and emerging practices in workforce development? The WSS Resource Library contains more than 1,200 profiles that summarize evaluation reports, policy and practice briefs, and how-to guides with a simple search function to make it easier for anyone to identify the resources they need for program planning, implementation, or continuous improvement. Website visitors can filter resources by methodology, narrowing the search to Level 1 (impact analyses), Level 2 (more qualitative analyses), and Level 3 (toolkits, guides, and more) resources.

Explore Employer Engagement Strategies. This fact sheet illustrates the WSS Resource Library’s capability to search with the activities tag to filter by types of strategies and sub-strategies. Under the category of Employment, Retention & Advancement, you can find information on two key topics, business services, and job placements and reemployment, among others. There are more than 185 resources related to business services strategies designed to help businesses find skilled workers. Some of these strategies include apprenticeship and other work-based learning programs, partnerships between local workforce boards and employers, and industry-specific approaches such as health care and green jobs. Nearly 300 resources related to job placement and reemployment in WSS describe strategies or services to help the unemployed find and retain a job. These resources discuss topics such as how to provide skills that meet industry needs, opportunities for partnerships between employers and community colleges, and employer- and demand-driven models for job placement and advancement.

Serving Target Populations. Workforce professionals, policy makers, and employers are increasingly trying to understand how to improve hiring opportunities for specific populations. The WSS target population tag can be a useful tool in this effort, and can help you to quickly and easily identify evidence-based practices, interventions, and models for serving populations of interest. Over 30 specific target population tags allow you to tailor your searches accordingly, including the following: people with disabilities, people with limited skills/education, justice-involved individuals, veterans and spouses, out-of-school youth, public assistance recipients, dislocated workers, and older workers.