Stimulating Opportunity: An Evaluation of ARRA-Funded Subsidized Employment Programs

Examines the effectiveness of subsidized employment programs in creating new job opportunities for unemployed people.

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Microbusinesses, Gainful Jobs

Examines the quality of jobs created by micro-businesses, with a specific focus on how these jobs contribute to household economic security, the benefits these jobs offer, and employee satisfaction in…

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Helping Adult Learners Navigate Community College and the Labor Market

Examines the challenges adult learners face while attending community colleges and recommends strategies to help adult learners overcome these challenges.

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Part of the Solution: Pre-Baccalaureate Healthcare Workers in a Time of Health System Change

Provides an analysis of pre-baccalaureate healthcare workers and offers strategies to improve their career opportunities and earnings.

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Training Futures: A Case Study of a Nonprofit-Community College Partnership

Describes the Training Futures program and the partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Northern Virginia Family Service

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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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Youth Unemployment – Updating Mindsets and Addressing Issues via Policy

Youth entering the post-recession job market around the world face different challenges than previous generations. These publications, among others, examine recent domestic and international employment trends and suggest how to address them, given the drastically altered labor landscape ahead.

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National Farmworkers Job Program – Information on Migrant Workers

In 2015, the National Farmworkers Jobs Program will release an $81.8 million funding opportunity to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers in technical training and education. The following publications are a few in the WSS collection that examine employment and educational conditions facing migrant and seasonal workers, as well as look at the impact of the National Farmworkers Job Program.

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Job Advancement – Considerations after Employment

WIOA has a goal of advancing services to job seekers so that they can gain good jobs and a pathway to the middle class.  Yet to achieve this, employees must be able to both retain their jobs and advance within them. These publications look at job advancement from various perspectives, as well as work-based training as a method to advancement.

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