We took a look back at the most-viewed research and evaluation reports from the Workforce System Strategies community during the last year. Take a moment to explore the resources your colleagues found the most helpful during 2020.

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A Changing Workforce Development Landscape: The Current State of Data Technology System

This paper, from the fifth and final phase of NASWA’s ‘Workforce Data Systems Project,’ clarifies some of the key barriers to implementing comprehensive technology strategies so that the workforce development community can find ways to resolve them.        


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Exploring the Children’s Services Council Strategic Use of Resources, Funding, and Partnerships to Support Disconnected Youth

This case study describes how federally-funded technical assistance helped the Children's Services Council (CSC) use lessons learned from past programs serving disconnected youth to build a more expansive effort to align funding for this population across all county systems and services.

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Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations: Evaluation Design Report

This design report describes the methods for an impact Evaluation of Employment Coaching for TANF and Related Populations. The study is being conducted to identify the types of employment coaching interventions, and to measure the effectiveness of coaching for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families participants’ economic security.

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Assisting Unemployment Insurance Claimants: The Long-Term Impacts of the Job Search Assistance Demonstration

This resource examines the effect of three different job search assistance interventions used for District of Columbia and Florida recipients of Unemployment Insurance (UI). Researchers wanted to know if there was an improvement in study participants’ employment outcomes and/or a reduction in the length of UI benefit payments.

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Supporting Self-Employment as a Reemployment Strategy: Impacts of a Pilot Program

This report documents the impact of the Self-Employment Training (SET) pilot program which tested strategies for supporting dislocated workers with interests in establishing businesses in their fields of expertise. The program operated in four sites—Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Los Angeles, California; and Portland, Oregon— between 2013 and 2017.


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Using Behavioral Insights to Improve Take-Up of a Reemployment Program: Trial Design and Findings

This resource summarizes the findings from a random assignment study that tested the impacts of a behavioral intervention–email communication to Unemployment Insurance recipients–to prompt or motivate the respondents’ participation in a Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment program in Southwest Michigan in 2015.