Michigan Earn and Learn: An Outcome & Implementation Evaluation of a Transitional Job and Training Program

Presents findings from an 18 month evaluation of a statewide program designed to link participants with barriers to employment to both training and subsidized jobs—focuses on program design, implementation, and…

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Implementing A Conditional Cash Transfer Program In Two American cities: Early Lessons from Family Rewards 2.0

Evaluates a conditional cash transfer program, Family Rewards 2.0.

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Meeting the Needs of Workers and Employers: Implementation of a Sector-Focused Career Advancement Model for Low-Skilled Adults

Presents the early findings on how four program providers translated the WorkAdvance model, which is based on a sequence of distinct workforce development services, into a workable program and offers…

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Innovations in Apprenticeship: 5 Case Studies That Illustrate the Promise of Apprenticeship in the United States

Profiles five distinct apprenticeship programs in the U.S. across multiple sectors and identifies common features that facilitate their implementation and subsequent success.

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Self-Employment, Family-Business Ownership, and Economic Mobility

Examines how self-employment or operating a family-owned business influences income mobility for individuals and their children.

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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?



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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Reemployment Programs: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Aligning job seekers with employment opportunities is central to WIOA. These articles, among others in the WSS collection, discuss results from reemployment programs, as well as various strategies for individuals currently out of the workforce.

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Improving Student Success

Student success in the post-recession workforce landscape is filled with challenges for youth without high school diplomas or additional occupational training. In recognition of this situation, WIOA legislation has focused on out-of-school youth as a priority population to employment programs.The following publications are a few within the WSS collection that focus on minimizing employment and earnings-related barriers through programs aimed at helping students and out-of-school youth succeed.

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