Are Reemployment Services Effective in Periods of High Unemployment? Experimental Evidence from the UI System

Provides evidence on the efficacy of reemployment services during the Great Recession using data from the Nevada Reemployment and Eligibility/Reemployment Services (REA/RES) Program.

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The Alternative Staffing Work Experience: Populations, Barriers and Employment Outcomes

Examines the Alternative Staffing Organizations model and its goals to help unemployed job seekers mitigate their barriers to employment and address their need for immediate earnings.

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Pathways out of Poverty: Boys and Men of Color and Jobs in the Health Sector

Investigates barriers to employment for Boys and Men of Color while providing specific policy recommendations for the state of California to increase employment in the healthcare sector for Boys and…

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Mentoring Youth and Young Parents

Examines the experiences of four grantees providing mentoring support to low-income young parents and offers a user-friendly guidebook to assist other organizations in implementing similar support programs.

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The (Surprising) Efficacy of Academic and Behavioral Intervention with Disadvantaged Youth: Results from a Randomized Experiment in Chicago

Examines the results of a randomized controlled trial of a two-pronged intervention designed to improve the academic and non-academic skills of disadvantaged youth falling behind or at risk of dropping…

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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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Quick Navigation Tips

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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Regional Collaboration – Collaborative Pathways to Economic Prosperity

In order to support the national job market, WIOA aims to foster regional collaboration through the state requirement to identify economic regions. These publications highlight strategies of regional partnerships based on common economic needs.

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Looking Back: Popular Topics in 2014

What topics were most popular in 2014? Some that generated the most online traffic on WSS included: registered apprenticeship, career pathways, and evidence-based practice.  Here are some of the reports and publications that got the most hits last year:

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Level 3 Resources: How-to-Guides, Toolkits, Issue Briefs, and Policy Analysis

On WSS, Level 3 “Supporting Resources” include resources that are not research studies, but may provide important insights into effective strategies from a technical assistance perspective.  Level 3 resources include models, frameworks, toolkits, guides, as well as program or policy analyses, often developed with peer/experiential input, and designed to support strategy implementation.  Examples include:
Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career: Provides women workers and workforce professionals with information on hiring needs and challenges, training and entrepreneurship opportunities, and in-demand and emerging jobs in green industries.
Using Real-Time Labor Market Information on a Nationwide Scale: Examines the potential limitation of real-time Labor Market Information (LMI) data for federal agencies within the Credentials That Work initiative, which seeks to use real-time LMI to better align postsecondary education with training programs and job market demand.
State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers: Provides an overview of current state sector strategies while contrasting those policies to traditional workforce and economic development programs, further offering actions administrators and policymakers can take to support the development of sector strategies.
Using Registered Apprenticeship to Build and Fill Healthcare Career Paths: A Response to Critical Healthcare Workforce Needs and Healthcare Reform :
Registered apprenticeships in the field of healthcare are proving a highly effective workforce strategy for building skills and earnings in entry and middle-level jobs while also increasing productivity and helping align employer demands with the supply of workers for this critical industry.

To find similar resources, click on “Find by Methodology” and “Level 3: Supporting Resources.”

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