Examining the Interaction Between Welfare and Disability

Analyzes the extent of overlap between the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Security Income programs.

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Online and Distance Learning in Southwest Tennessee: Implementation and Challenges

Examines results from an online questionnaire that explores online and distance learning courses in Memphis area high schools.

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Regulation of Public Sector Collective Bargaining in the States

Summarizes state laws regarding collective bargaining, wage negotiation, and the right of public workers to strike.

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Creating a Successful Bridge Program: A “How To” Guide

Provides lessons learned and best practices from the Illinois bridge program through a step-by-step resource guide for adult service providers to create and sustain or improve their own bridge program.

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Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States

A review of adult education reforms, adult education practices, and how to apply collective-impact models to different strategies.

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What Works in Job Training

When it comes to job training, what does available evidence tell us about what works?  What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of The Evidence summarizes what we know about improving employment and educational outcomes for both adults and youth.The report was prepared through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor, Commerce, Education, and Health and Human Services.

But it’s not enough that one study or evaluation said something works – this summary looks at only the most rigorous evaluations, such as impact studies that can point to the results that happened as a result of a particular initiative.  This means there is higher likelihood you will get the same results if you try the approach studied.

Webinars: Learn How To Maximize Your Use of Workforce System Strategies

Have you wished for an easy-to-use repository of recent workforce development research? Are you looking for ways to get the word out about your organization’s workforce development-related research findings? Do you have clients in the workforce system who need access to evidence-based findings? Take a look at the two webinars developed to provide interactive demonstrations on using the Workforce System Strategy site and real world examples of how we can help you find the resources you need.

Workforce System Strategies: A Tool for the Research Community
This short Webinar is designed specifically to introduce the workforce development research community to the research and implementation tools profiled on Workforce System Strategies. The webinar includes an interactive demonstration of what the site can do for you. You will also hear how this tool relates to ETA-sponsored research, as well as the Department-wide research efforts of DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office.

Beyond Best Practices: Workforce System Strategies
This short webinar takes an interactive look at a Workforce System Strategies with the workforce development professional in mind. Two workforce peers serving as interviewees offering real examples from their work, it demonstrates how to quickly find multiple resources that will help design a new program, develop policy, write grant proposals, conduct research, and more.


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Learn to quickly mine the rich resources on Workforce System Strategies!  Use this short on-line tutorial to help you find what you want, more efficiently and effectively. 



Workforce System Strategies highlights a wide range of research and implementation tools.

Use it to:
• Help your job-seeker and employer customers achieve better outcomes
• Identify evidence that may be useful in program design initiatives or grant applications
• Be at the forefront of the workforce system!

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Meeting Industry Demand through State and Regional Sector Strategies

In the changing workforce development landscape, sector strategies support employer-driven partnerships formed to collectively address industry needs.  States and regions adopt policies aimed at training and aligning workers with quality positions in a particular industry through which both employees and employers stand to benefit.  The following publications from the WSS profiles collection examine the different models for sector strategies.

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Job Training Programs: Informing Effective Implementation, Service Delivery, and Evaluation Capacity

WIOA implementation at the state and local level can be informed by past effective workforce program practices.  The following publications are among a few in the WSS profiles collection that offer reflective insights on federally-sponsored training programs and effective practices.

  • Does Federally-Funded Job Training Work? Nonexperimental Estimates of WIA Training Impacts Using Longitudinal Data on Workers and Firms.  January 2013.  Analyzes administrative data from two state WIA training programs and measures training impacts for different populations.  While the preferred estimates produced both positive and negative results in program outcomes, the study found modest impacts for groups switching industries relative to the last pre-WIA employer.
  • What Works in Job Training: A Synthesis of the Evidence.  July 2014.  Summarizes current evidence about effective job training programs for adults and youth.  Organized into three sections, this report synthesizes what works for adults, highlights what works for youth, and summarizes evidence-based findings, gaps in research, and recommends future research.
  • Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity.  January 2014.  Examines best practices of federal employment and training programs; recommends administrative actions and provides guidance to states to increase their effectiveness.  This report also identifies a series of strategies to provide leadership, foster innovation, encourage collaboration, engage employers, and ensure policies to support hiring for the long-term unemployed individuals.

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Bridging Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act this month, it is important to recognize that youth with disabilities continue to face challenges bridging the gap between education and employment.  The following publications examine different programs and strategies aimed at assisting youth with disabilities’ transition into the workforce.

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