The Role of Industry and Occupation in Recent U.S. Unemployment Differentials by Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Documents historical unemployment trends by gender, race, and ethnicity, and examines the role of the industrial and occupational composition of employment in explaining recent trends.

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Building the Foundation for Success: Case Studies of Breaking Through Tribal Colleges and Universities

Provided descriptions of Breaking Through tribal colleges, their experiences in piloting expanded initiative strategies, expounds on lessons learned at each institution, and plans to expand programs in the future.

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A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected Youth

Explores the emerging green economy, as a pathway out of poverty for low-income young people; offers a framework and specific guidance on how to develop intensive and well aligned on-ramp…

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Contextualized Literacy in Green Jobs Training

Examines the interrelationship of literacy rates, growth of middle-skill jobs, and the importance of integrating literacy skills into workforce training in the United States.

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The Future of Work: Trends and Challenges for Low-Wage Workers

Future workers' access to good jobs will not be dependent upon educational or skill attainment or labor market demand, but a range of policy-related issues that affect job quality.

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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.


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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?



Labor Market Information

Collecting current and reliable labor market information is a challenge for many workforce agencies. When done well, accurate labor market information can support the development of smart and effective workforce training programs linked with career pathways that better serve job seekers and employers.  Some resources related to this topic include:
Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018 - Examines educational requirements linked to forecasted job growth by state and the District of Columbia from 2008 through 2018.
Local Areas Face Challenges Helping Employers Fill Some Types of Skilled Jobs – Describes how local areas have used data to develop career pathways approaches to prepare workers for middle-skilled jobs that employers have difficulty filling.
Strengthening Local Capacity for Data-Driven Decision Making – Documents the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership’s efforts to re-examine its model to “democratize data” in local decision-making, taking into account local partner experiences and changes in technology and policy approaches.
Career Pathways Toolkit: Six Key Elements for Success – Offers a user-friendly road map for developing career pathway systems, including the important role of utilizing real-time labor market data. Also includes tools and resources for gathering labor market data.

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Strengthening Public – Private Partnerships

Strategies for effective public private partnerships look different depending on who the partners are – philanthropy, corporations, faith-based organizations, or local businesses.  The following resources offer insights and strategies for public sector partnerships with private organizations.
Job Training that Works: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study – An impact study, involving participants from three organizations through a randomized study, found that a focus on well-implemented, sector-focused training programs supports the advancement of low-income workers.
Employer Resource Networks: Uniting Businesses and Public Partners to Improve Job Retention and Advancement for Low-Wage Workers – This issue brief provides an overview of key features of an innovative, employer-consortia model to provide job retention services, work supports, and training opportunities for entry level employees, many of whom are receiving public assistance.
Sustaining Partnerships for Regional Economic Growth: A Compendium of Promising Practices and Tools – Replicable examples from eight community colleges, including tools useful for partnership planning, management, and evaluation from programs, policymakers, and intermediaries.
Action Steps for Businesses: A Guide to Developing Partnerships with Faith-Based and Community Organizations (FBCOs) – Designed for businesses interested in developing partnerships with Faith- Based and Community Organizations (FBCOs).
To find similar resources, search “Public Private Partnerships” or click on “Management & Operations” tab on the left, select “Partnerships/Program Integration,” and then choose among the sub-topics in the drop-down menu.


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Job and Career Results


Workforce development agencies play a crucial role in helping to ensure that job seekers are matched with training programs and jobs that lead to self-sustaining and family-sustaining earnings.  Agency-level and system-level strategies for using a results-oriented approach are addressed in e of the following publications:
An Effectiveness Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Registered Apprenticeship in 10 States: Final Report – A net-affects assessment of the effectiveness of registered apprenticeship (RA) programs across a variety of state settings.
Using Data in Multi-Agency Collaborations: Guiding Performance to Ensure Accountability and Improve Programs – Accountability can be difficult when collaborating across systems and services.  This report is designed to help collaborating organizations anticipate and address the most common challenges associated with multi-agency performance management systems.
Return on Investment (ROI) From Investing in Workforce Development: Findings on the Effectiveness of Past Workforce Development Programs for Low-Income Adults and Dislocated Workers in the U.S.  – Summarizes key evidence from three major national evaluations of the JTPA and the WIA programs over the past two decades and three state evaluations from 2004-2010.  Findings synthesize effective practices in serving low-income adults and dislocated workers.
Effective Case Management in the Workforce System Toolkit – This website 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.
To find similar resources, search “accountability”, or click on “Management & Operations” tab on the left, select “Performance Accountability” and select topics from drop-down menu.

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