New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults: Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Provides a summary of important provisions in the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act and explains why change is needed for low-income youth and adult populations.

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DESIGNING SOLELY STATE-FUNDED PROGRAMS Implementation Guide for One “Win-Win” Solution for Families and States

Provides guidance and legal information on establishing and implementing state-funded programs to comply with federal work programs and improve welfare-to-work programs.

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Evaluation of the Newark Prisoner Re-entry Initiative Replication

Evaluates the Newark Re-entry initiative, a program based on a specific model that utilizes faith-based and community organizations to reduce recidivism.

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National Job Corps Study: The impacts of Job Corps on Participants’ Employment and Related Outcomes

Examines outcome results related to long term youth employment from a rigorous random assignment study of the national Job Corps.

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Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth Employment Initiative

Examines using TANF funds to subsidize youth employment, with the goal of reducing youth unemployment and providing youth with essential soft skills experience.

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



Community College – A System for Advancement

Community colleges are a vital component of a career pathway system, helping individuals easily enter post-secondary training, supporting working learners with ramping up their skills, and providing opportunities for career advancement and credential attainment.  In recognition of this important role, community colleges are a critical workforce system partner under WIOA.  Here are some of the WSS publications that discuss strategies and benefits of community colleges.

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Employment Strategies for Justice Involved Individuals

Several ETA grants aim to assist justice-involved adults and juveniles.  These publications are examples from WSS’ collection that look at employment strategies for formally incarcerated individuals entering or re-entering the workforce.

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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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