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Expanding Summer Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Youth

Offers a proposal to strengthen and expand work-related summer activities with the goal of fostering the skill development, education, and economic success of low-income youth.

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Scaling “Stackable Credentials”: Implications for Implementation and Policy

Discusses how states and colleges are achieving “stackability” to optimize credential attainment for people as they prepare to enter the workforce or aim to upgrade their skills to keep a…

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Alliance for Quality Career Pathway Framework Version 1.0

Describes the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Framework 1.0, which establishes a common understanding of quality career pathways and systems.

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Developing Competency-Based Program Models in Three Community Colleges

Provides the first analysis of competency-based information technology programs in a consortium of three community colleges.

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When Do Regression-Adjusted Performance Measures Track Longer-Term Program Impacts? A Case Study of Job Corps (draft)

Applies a statistical model to examine the performance-impact association using evaluation data of Job Corps, the nation’s largest training program for disadvantaged youths.

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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.

 

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!

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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?

 

News

Supporting Veterans’ Re-Entry

Ensuring veterans have the training, skills and referral services necessary to re-enter the civilian job market is a top priority for the workforce investment system.  WSS has a number of resources targeted for administrators, policymakers and veterans themselves:
Evaluation of the Priority of Service Provision of the Jobs for Veterans Act by the Workforce Investment System in Providing Service to Veterans: Examines whether veterans and their spouses are receiving priority service at One-Stop Career Centers under the priority of service provision of the Jobs for Veterans Act. A key finding from the research indicates that implementation of the “Priority of Service”  varied greatly across states, in part, due to insufficient promotion of the provision.``
Improving Employment Outcomes and Community Integration for Veterans with Disabilities: Early Implementation of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) for Veterans Demonstration: Examines the implementation of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) into the Connecticut Veterans Affairs healthcare system to determine whether this program will be effective in a veterans service setting. Among the findings, researchers found that veterans are hesitant to use employment-related supportive services as they believe it may cost them other public benefits.
Employment for Veterans: Trends and Programs: Provides current employment trends regarding veterans’ employment performance in the civilian labor market as well as employment-related programs for veterans and discusses how to interpret this data. A key finding from the study shows that Gulf War II veterans had higher unemployment rates.
Helping Veterans with Disabilities Transition to Employment: Describes employment and educational programs that can assist veterans with disabilities reenter the labor market or complete their education. Among other findings, the study reports that online accessibility is key to providing veterans with disabilities opportunities for professional skill development.
To find similar resources, click on “Find by Target Population,” then “Individuals,” and either “Military/Spouses” or “Veterans/Spouses.”

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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.

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What Works for Reducing Recidivism

Communities are designing new systems and programs to support successful re-entry to the workforce for court involved individuals. Many of these programs have been found to reduce recidivism rates.  Find the latest studies and resources on this topic:

Evaluation of the Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program: Interim Report:
Summarizes the key findings from the implementation study of the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative that sought to strengthen urban communities heavily affected by the challenges associated with high numbers of prisoners seeking to re-enter their communities following the completion of their sentences. Early findings from the study indicate that  participants gained valuable information about how to prepare for jobs and received support for accessing  other essential services through case managers.

The Safer Foundation: An in-Depth Program Evaluation and Recidivism Study:
Examines recidivism rates of participants in the forty-year old Safer Foundation (SF) program of Chicago.  Among other findings, researchers found that formerly incarcerated persons seeking services within the program are significantly less likely to return to the Illinois Department of Corrections than are members of the general release population.
Supporting Second Chances: Employment Strategies for Reentry Programs:
Distills relevant lessons from research on employment programs for a range of disadvantaged populations including  employment strategies for ex-offenders and recommendations for programs serving court involved individuals.  Among the key takeaways, researchers found that employer connections are crucial if workforce programs are to be successful.

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