Summarizes the key findings from a quasi-experimental impact analysis of three collaboratively-funded workforce initiatives in Ohio.

“Since its establishment in 2007, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) has invested in Regional Funding Collaboratives which match NFWS funds with funds from other sources to support the development of local workforce partnerships. These partnerships identify local employer workforce needs and design and administer programs to help low-income workers to obtain the skills needed to meet those needs….In 2010, NFWS was awarded a 2-year, $7.7 million grant by the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) to scale up the operations of these programs and to support the creation of new programs” (p.i).

“This report presents the findings of the impact study for three Ohio‐based NFWS/SIF programs: the Healthcare Careers Collaborative, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and the Construction Sector Partnership. Each of these partnership programs focused on providing training and other services to individuals interested in obtaining jobs and advancing their careers in the programs’ respective focus industries (healthcare, manufacturing, and construction). The impact study relies on a quasi-experimental approach to estimate the impacts of these three programs on the labor market outcomes of participants who were unemployed at program entry by: (1) using the propensity score matching method… and (2) estimating program impacts by comparing the labor market outcomes of NFWS/SIF unemployed program participants with the outcomes of unemployed individuals in the matched comparison groups” (p.i-ii).

  • The Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati provided a wide range of services including job readiness training, assistance in obtaining employability and training credentials, industry-focused training, and job search assistance.
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership used an incremental approach in promoting participant employment and educational advancement, which included job readiness training, assistance in obtaining employability credentials, enrollment in college coursework and specialized apprenticeships, and receipt of job search assistance.
  • The Construction Sector Partnership’s pathway model includes pre-apprenticeship programs that provided construction skills and job search services that lead to suitable jobs.

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