VA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT: Further Performance and Workload Management Improvements Are Needed

Examines the outcomes for veterans seeking employment through the Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program, as well as the progress the VA has made in addressing…

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The Economic Benefit of Extending Unemployment Insurance

An argument that allowing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program to expire would be harmful to workers and national economic recovery.

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A No-Cost Proposal to Reduce Poverty and Inequality

Provides context for and analysis of the national minimum wage debate and proposes policies that will reduce the poverty rate and budget deficit in the United States.

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Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession

Investigates the effect of unemployment insurance (UI) benefit extensions on job search and unemployment after the Great Recession.

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Principles for Reforming Workforce Development and Human Capital Policies in the United States

Provides an overview and historical context of federal job training policy and offers a framework for future national workforce development strategy.

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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.


Tutorial Offers

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!

Tell Us What You Think!

Please contact us with your thoughts!  What is useful – and what is not? What additional features would you like to see?



Case Management

Do you want to know more about successful models for case management? WSS provides a number of toolkits to help you effectively integrate case management into workforce service delivery strategies.

Federal Funding for Integrated Service Delivery: A Toolkit— identifies and describes available funding streams for a range of integrated services for working adults and their families.

Integrating Intake Among Workforce Programs— provides support for strengthening integrated intake processes for new workforce system customers.

Effective Case Management in the Workforce System Toolkit— contains a wealth of resources and tools designed to help system administrators, local leaders and staff to support high quality case management in the workforce system.

The YouthBuild Manual for Counseling, Case Management, and Program Culture—designed to assist YouthBuild staff and youth professionals in the development and enhancement of various components of counseling and case management from program entry to post-program follow-up.


For more resources related to case management, including evaluation reports and related research, click on the “Management & Operations” tab on the left, select “Case Management/Support/Tracking” and select one of many of the case management topics.

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Planning, Policy and Governance


Are you a workforce system leader looking for fresh ideas? WSS has a wide variety of resources about aspects of leadership such as planning, policy, and governance.

The following resources reflect management and operations topics from the national, state, and local levels:

• The Public Workforce System’s Response to Declining Funding After the Great Recession explores how state workforce agencies across the nation helped greater numbers of unemployed job seekers on more limited resources during the recent economic recession.

• The Summer Employment Experiences and the Personal/Social Behaviors of Youth Violence Prevention Employment Program Participants and Those of a Comparison Group is an impact study on a program created by a Massachusetts collaborative and designed to help prevent youth violence through access to summer employment.

• Philadelphia’s Workforce Development Challenge Serving Employers, Helping Job Seekers and Fixing the System documents the city’s workforce development system, recent challenges and changes, and compares it to other metropolitan areas of similar size.

To access resources like these, click on the “Find by Topic” tab on the left, select “Management and Operations”, then “Planning/Policy/Governance/Leadership.”

Workforce Systems Strategies is regularly increasing its resources but if you would like to nominate a workforce related resource, please contact us!


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Celebrating our 500th profile!

To celebrate, we’re highlighting three of the resources opening this week …

1. A “Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice,” this Supporting Resource, Level 3, describes something that we at WSS think is a great thing to do!

2. “Strategies for Assisting Low-Income Families”  This Level 2 outcomes analysis poses some interesting thought experiments about what it would take to improve the economic prospects of low-income households.

3. “Self-Employment Transitions among Older American Workers with Career Jobs,”  another Level 2 outcomes analysis, looks at older workers who tried self-employment and concludes that such employment can be a viable option for this group.

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