“[The authors] provide a conceptual framework of systems change goals and activities and offer measurement options that stakeholders can consult to suit their particular efforts. The [logic model] provides…common language for practitioners, funders, policymakers, and researchers to use when discussing this sometimes amorphous concept, and tools for thinking through measurement practices for their initiatives. By defining the key components of a local workforce system, systems change activities, and intended outcomes, this conceptual model provides a foundation for…dialogue and practice. It applies to a wide range of initiatives that go beyond providing direct services to individual jobseekers and work for broader, sustained changes in workforce systems.
[The authors] drew from several sources of information to develop the framework. [They] conducted a literature review, investigated a range of current initiatives by examining the portfolio of programs supported through [their funder’s] Workforce Readiness grants, and conducted in-depth, semistructured interviews with 10 grantees to explore their systems change goals, activities, and measurement practices. [They] developed the conceptual framework incorporating the insights from these sources and shared it for review with experts in the field” (p.v).
“The report grounds this conceptual framework in concrete examples of systems change efforts and measurement taking place in communities across the United States. Grantee interviewees also share their insights on lessons and considerations for practitioners and funders pursuing systems change work” (p.vi).
“Organizations doing systems change work can use [the] framework to help describe their work and think through effective ways to measure their progress” (p.vi).
“For funders, this framework provides a common vocabulary and structure that can be used to better coordinate efforts with other funders and with the grantees and programs they support” (p.vi).
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