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Managing the Public Workforce System through Governance and Collaboration

Local Workforce Boards are charged with coordinating their local plans with their state’s workforce goals. The implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) created changes to the responsibilities and structure of these boards. For example, WIOA reduced the number of required members. While resources in this announcement focus largely on WIA, they also include useful information for boards and other stakeholders in governing their local workforce systems under WIOA.

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Posted On: 10/23/2017 7:45 PM

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Promoting Self-sufficiency through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training

In Fiscal Year 2015, the latest year for which data are available, about 3.2 million individuals participated in SNAP Employment and Training (E&T). Although each state is required to operate SNAP E&T, they have a great deal of flexibility in designing and implementing their programs. The resources below offer methods that state policymakers and practitioners can consider when designing SNAP E&T programs that may help participants gain stable employment and become self-sufficient.

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Posted On: 5/1/2017 4:45 PM

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Targeting Workforce and Economic Initiatives and Strategies to Address Employer and Worker Needs

Workforce and economic development initiatives and strategies vary in scope and depth and are often initiated to address current employer or worker needs. The following resources explore initiatives in Los Angeles, New York City, and Detroit aimed at improving the local economic conditions and employment outcomes and relate to creating career pathways, understanding issues of domestic workers and their employers, and measuring the impact of grants to stimulate regional economies.

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Posted On: 5/26/2017 9:54 PM

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Assessing the Impacts of TAACCCT Grants

To increase the ability of community colleges to address today’s workforce needs, the TAACCCT program awarded nearly $2 billion dollars to more than 700 community colleges. The TAACCCT grants focus on strengthening these colleges by building industry-aligned training programs in manufacturing, health care, transportation, IT, and energy. The WSS resources in this announcement look at the impacts of three TAACCCT grants awarded to community colleges in CT, SD, and DE

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Posted On: 10/9/2017 1:03 PM

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Strengthening the Workforce in the United States through Sector Strategies

In the past few years, sector strategies have gained traction in the United States’ labor market. Some policy makers and practitioners have adopted these strategies to better meet the needs of both workers and employers. The WSS resources described in this announcement provide a framework for understanding best practices, challenges when implementing sector strategies, and also discuss the results of an impact evaluation study on a sector strategy model called WorkAdvance.  

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Posted On: 8/14/2017 9:05 PM

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Looking Back: Examining the Effectiveness of Re-employment Programs of the 1980s

Past recessions in the US have left invaluable lessons for policymakers. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the US experienced a rise in unemployment. As a result, the Department of Labor funded various projects to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of alternative reemployment services for Unemployment Insurance recipients. These WSS resources discuss evaluation results of the reemployment bonus experiments – conducted between 1984 and 1989 – in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington State.

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Posted On: 11/20/2017 1:15 PM

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Strengthening the Skills of the American Workforce

The economic competitiveness of the United States hinges on the strength of its workforce. Developing a skilled workforce, however, requires a keen understanding of workforce needs and a plan to address those needs. The resources in this announcement compare the skills of the U.S. workforce with other countries, describe the characteristics of workers who lack foundational skills, and offer ways stakeholders can help enhance these skills, such as improving the quality of vocational training.

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Posted On: 11/3/2017 9:13 PM

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July 4th Reflections: Strategies for a Fully-Employed United States

This July 4th the Workforce System Strategies team reflects on the status of employment in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the unemployment rate has been decreasing, the employment-to-population ratio of adults ages 25 to 54 remains below pre-recession levels. The resources below summarize findings from studies of subsidized employment programs and interventions designed to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults and individuals with barriers to employment.

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Posted On: 6/30/2017 8:53 PM

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Investing in Women’s Economic Success

Over the last few decades, the participation of women in the workforce has significantly increased. According to U.S. Department of Labor, women currently comprise 47 percent of the workforce, and they are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. The following WSS profiles highlight ways through which workforce development programs can better meet and support the diverse needs of women, with a focus on low-income women of color. 

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Posted On: 6/9/2017 8:05 PM

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Understanding and Improving Career Pathways to Better Meet the U.S.’s Workforce Needs

Through better alignment of education, training, and employment services among public agencies, career pathways holds the promise of increasing the number of workers in the U.S. who gain the industry-recognized and academic credentials they need to work in the most in-demand occupations. The following WSS resources provide state policymakers and practitioners with ideas on how to design and improve career pathways that have a strong potential to meet current and future U.S. labor market needs.

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Posted On: 5/12/2017 8:19 PM

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Supporting Dislocated Workers: Findings from the Self-Employment Training Pilot Program

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 15 million workers were self-employed in 2016. Self-employment can offer dislocated workers a path to financial security and economic mobility. In 2013, the Department of Labor funded the Self-Employment Training (SET) pilot in California, Illinois, Ohio and Oregon to help dislocated workers start their own businesses. These briefs discuss the early findings of the evaluation, which used random assignment to determine who received SET services.

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Posted On: 12/4/2017 2:30 PM

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Supporting Immigrants for a Strengthened Workforce

The American Community Survey estimated that 13 percent of the total US population was foreign-born in 2014. While some immigrants may face challenges upon arrival to the U.S., opportunities to succeed are supported through tapping into unrealized skills, work-focused language instruction, and other community strategies. The following resources explore educational attainment data, work-oriented language programs, and strategies for building economic opportunities among immigrant populations. 

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Posted On: 4/10/2017 9:29 PM

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Reengaging Opportunity Youth to Improve Life Outcomes

Over the last decade, decision makers have given greater attention to young adults who are neither working nor in school, as these young people face many challenges during the transition into adulthood. Various projects have been created across the nation to find ways to successfully reengage these youth in the labor market. These reports take a closer look at building career paths for youth to not only improve their life outcomes, but also to help meet America's workforce needs.

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Posted On: 1/11/2018 5:21 PM

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Improving Service Delivery at American Job Centers

WIOA sets out to implement workforce education and employment system reforms to help strengthen the public workforce system. Although WIOA replaced WIA, recent studies under WIA sought to address research questions to inform such reforms. The resources in this announcement examine and compare the traditional American Job Center (AJC) model to an integrated intake model, illustrate how AJCs create networks for service delivery, and describe three program collaboration models for service delivery.

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Posted On: 9/25/2017 3:05 PM

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Healthy Growth: Assessing Health Profession Training Programs in an Expanding Field

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare occupations are projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster and with a higher median annual wage than the average for all occupations.  The following resources describe results from three Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) studies.  HPOG provides training to low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

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Posted On: 7/28/2017 7:27 PM

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Supporting Ex-Offender Reentry through Jail- and Community-Based American Job Centers

A Bureau of Justice Statistics study found that 7 out of 10 prisoners released in 2005 were rearrested within three years of release. Ex-offenders face various employment and life challenges post-release, which may be exacerbated by limited job skills. These resources spotlight early lessons in implementing the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release (LEAP) grants, which aimed to strengthen partnerships between the jail and workforce system to promote successful reentry of this population.

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Posted On: 9/8/2017 7:44 PM

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Pathways to Postsecondary Success: Increasing Equity and Opportunities for an Educated Workforce

The pathway to postsecondary success differs for individuals of varying personal backgrounds, financial situations, and locations. The following resources examine efforts to increase equity in postsecondary education that may enhance the diversity of an educated workforce. The topics include an intervention model highlighting differences among first-generation college students' backgrounds, financial resources for low-income and non-traditional students, and place-based scholarship programs.

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Posted On: 7/18/2017 4:21 PM

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Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE): Career Pathways for Low-Income Individuals

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.

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Posted On: 4/6/2018 9:09 PM

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Strengthening and Expanding Apprenticeships in the United States

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.

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Posted On: 4/20/2018 3:37 PM

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Building Capacity for Research and Evaluation among Workforce Practitioners

How do you know if your program or initiative is effective? How do you gather proven practices or implement evidence-based practices? To respond to these questions, WSS presents three research and evaluation resources! The following resources provide cases for using evidenced-based practices, advancing evidence-based decision-making, and applying two research methodologies–opportunistic experiments and qualitative methods—in human services programs and workforce collaboratives.

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Posted On: 10/12/2018 7:11 PM

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Job Training and Student Support Services in Tribal Communities

National American Indian Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the rich history and culture of Native Americans. This month, we highlight two resources that showcase job training programs across different tribal communities in North Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Alaska. Both resources document the need for culturally sensitive and customized strategies to meet the needs of Native students through supportive services and industry-recognized certificates and degrees.

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Posted On: 10/29/2018 2:37 PM

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Strengthening Workforce Opportunities through Work-Based Learning

According to the Wells Fargo/Gallup survey, small businesses report that their primary challenge is hiring and retaining qualified staff. To tackle this issue, policymakers increasingly promote work-based learning (WBL). WBL generally combines classroom learning with on-the-job experience, such as apprenticeships. These resources review current state policies supporting WBL, discuss components of effective WBL, and examine pre-apprenticeship programs in the construction industry.

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Posted On: 1/9/2018 7:23 PM

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a time to reflect on the past with an eye to the future, the profiles in this announcement focus on enhancing workforce-related outcomes for our diverse communities. These resources examine employment trends of young men of color, discuss workforce initiatives with potential to increase employment opportunities for such underutilized populations, and provide recommendations to help minority-owned businesses succeed. 

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Posted On: 1/26/2018 3:36 PM

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WSS in 2017: Most Popular Profiles

WSS completes another busy year! In 2017, we added a wide range of resources to our online resource library, covering topics such as career pathways, re-entry initiatives, self-employment training programs, and more. Highlighted in this announcement are the three resource profiles with the most online views on WSS in 2017. As you continue to visit the collection, look forward to seeing more focused announcements that highlight evidence-based research and emerging practices in 2018!

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Posted On: 2/9/2018 6:11 PM

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Reinvesting in Advanced Manufacturing: Evaluating TAACCCT Grants

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.

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Posted On: 2/23/2018 3:41 PM

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Workforce System Strategies Staff Picks

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.

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Posted On: 3/9/2018 2:13 PM

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Building Partnerships with Community Colleges to Better Meet Workforce Needs

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.

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Posted On: 3/26/2018 6:18 PM

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Funding Opportunity for Low-Cost RCT Evaluations: Apply by May 31, 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.  

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Posted On: 3/30/2018 3:33 PM

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Strengthening the Public Workforce System through Research and Accountability

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.

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Posted On: 6/1/2018 7:25 PM

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Enhancing Workforce Programs with Behavioral Insight Interventions

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.

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Posted On: 6/15/2018 6:45 PM

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#GigEconomy: Strategies for Serving Self-Employed and Contingent Workers

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.

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Posted On: 9/14/2018 12:10 PM

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Back to School with Competency-Based Education: Implementation and Policy Recommendations

Across the country, educators are considering multiple strategies to help students learn and reach graduation. One strategy is competency-based education, which allows students to advance as they demonstrate a mastery of skills or content regardless of pace. These resources present recommendations to support competency-based education for overage and under-credited students, enrollment strategies for underrepresented and underprepared adults, and lessons from information technology programs.

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Posted On: 9/28/2018 8:15 PM

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Assessing Recent Trends of Older Workers in the Labor Market

Why do so many older Americans work past retirement age? Can they not afford to retire or do other factors explain their continued participation in the workforce? To further discussions about policy proposals and program expansions, with the potential to improve older adults’ lives, these resources explore why older workers continue to work and provide a snapshot of their labor force participation rates by demographic group and type of occupation.

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Posted On: 12/7/2018 6:59 PM

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Employment-Oriented Training Initiatives: The Case of Alternative Pathways Programs

This week, we highlight resources that describe innovative alternative pathways that develop the skills of opportunity youth and adults. The first resource presents a six-pillar career pathways framework that includes enrollment policies, participant support, labor market alignment, connections to jobs, training mix, and program financial stability. The second resource profiles agencies such as the Stride Center, Year Up, and Hack the Hood; which demonstrate effectiveness within the six pillars.

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Posted On: 11/20/2018 6:51 PM

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Strategies to Connect Veterans to Employment

This Veterans Day, Workforce System Strategies summarizes studies that explore employment strategies for veterans! The first provides a synthesis of veterans’ access to multiple workforce development programs and presents veteran employment outcomes compared to non-veterans. The second explains how to best use work readiness when identifying job opportunities for veterans. The last report focuses on military occupational specialties and their civilian occupation counterparts.

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Posted On: 11/9/2018 1:39 PM

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Preparing Americans for the Workforce: A Sampling of Strategies

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.

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Posted On: 5/18/2018 8:47 PM

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Connect Your Peers to Workforce System Strategies!

Current Subscribers: Do you find WSS resources interesting and relevant to your work? If so, let your colleagues and friends know! Share this post with your peers so that they can learn how to subscribe. New to Workforce System Strategies (WSS)? Subscribe to WSS to receive extended abstracts of workforce- and education-related research studies, toolkits, and guides.

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Posted On: 8/7/2018 5:07 PM

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Helping Underserved Populations Achieve Post-Secondary Success

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.

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Posted On: 9/10/2018 3:09 PM

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Labor Day 2018: Maximizing Employment Opportunities and Outcomes for Low-Income Adults

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.

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Posted On: 8/30/2018 12:45 PM

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Find the Research You Want and Build Your Knowledge with These Three Fact Sheets!

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.

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Posted On: 8/3/2018 7:11 PM

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Interventions that Help Low-Income Individuals Enhance Employment Outcomes

Many studies investigate how to improve employment outcomes for low-income adults, resulting in a vast body of research that can be challenging for practitioners and policymakers to navigate. The Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults Evidence Review (ESER) assessed the rigor of such studies to help decision-makers identify programs shown to be effective for this population. This series of briefs presents some results of the ESER review.

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Posted On: 12/14/2017 5:27 PM

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Apprenticeships and Community Colleges: Do They Have a Future Together

The "Apprenticeships and Community Colleges: Do They Have a Future Together" report written by the American Enterprise Institute describes the state of apprenticeships in the nation, and defines the obstacles facing community colleges in implementing apprenticeship training programs.

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Posted On: 8/12/2019 6:02 PM

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Youth Apprenticeship in America Today: Connecting High School Students to Apprenticeship

The "Youth Apprenticeship in America Today: Connecting High School Students to Apprenticeship" report developed by New America presents key findings, supported by policy initiatives in ten states, to guide policy makers in connecting education and workforce systems to develop and grow high quality youth apprenticeship programs.

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Posted On: 8/12/2019 6:05 PM