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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.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/30/2018
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation announced a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs) designed to build important evidence about “what works” in U.S. social spending. The RFP is available here, and below is brief background information, including examples of previously-funded projects. The Foundation intends to fund all applications that receive a strong rating from the reviewers based on the criteria in the RFP.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/26/2018
With university tuition costs on the rise, community colleges have become more attractive to those looking to start or build a career. Community colleges can provide students with quality career training programs while meeting local workforce needs. As a result, the public workforce system and businesses are increasingly pursuing community college partnerships to better prepare students for industry-aligned jobs. These resources explore these partnerships and strategies to strengthen them.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 3/9/2018
In this announcement, we spotlight ETA staff-recommended resources that cover a range of topics. The first two resources are select tools that promote effective budget and cost allocation methods, and the sustainability of grant-funded programs. The third describes the characteristics of American workers with limited foundational skills and provides strategies that employers use to develop their talent pipelines. For more staff picks, visit the WorkforceGPS online resource collection library.
Workforce System StrategiesPosted On: 2/23/2018
Advanced manufacturing plays a vital role in the current and future economic prosperity of the United States. To support community colleges in the development of industry-aligned training programs in manufacturing and other industries, USDOL awarded nearly $2 billion in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants to over 700 colleges. The resources below assess the impacts of three TAACCCT grants that created advanced manufacturing training programs.