How can public workforce system providers better meet the needs of targeted populations? The following resources, recently curated in the Workforce System Strategies community, present findings on best practices and identify key strategies for workforce professionals related to providing effective services for older workers and welfare recipients.

Interim Report on the Implementation of AARP Foundation’s Back to Work 50+

In 2014, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) implemented the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to operate and evaluate the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative (WESI) in multiple locations. Findings from the interim report summarize observations of site visits to the community colleges, and a follow-up survey and telephone interviews with participants used to identify lessons from its implementation that might inform future programming.

An Example of a Low-Cost Intervention to Target Services to Participants of a Local Welfare-to-Work Program

This resource documents the results of a U.S. Department of Labor-funded pilot as an illustration of how an investment in a low-cost intervention in workforce programs can improve participant employment outcomes. The pilot also demonstrated how:

  • Enhancing the referral of participants to services can improve outcomes.
  • Randomized control experiments can be embedded in existing workforce programs.
  • Administrative data can be used to minimize the cost of the intervention’s evaluation.