Transitional Jobs for Ex-Prisoners: Implementation, Two-Year Impacts, and Costs of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Prisoner Reentry Program

Provides an interim evaluation conducted in 2009 of an employment program for ex-offenders in New York City that provides transitional jobs that can lead to permanent employment and additional supports.

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Using Data to Improve the Performance of Workforce Training

Describes a proposal for a federal grant competition to identify and fund innovative state programs that are actively improving the training choices available to students.

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Strengthening One-Stop Career Centers: Helping More Unemployed Workers Find Jobs and Build Skills

Proposes to implement new performance measures and double annual funding for One-Stop Career Centers to help workers recover from cyclical and structural job loss.

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Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency for Low-Wage Workers

Describes the characteristics of the low-wage worker population and examines the population’s momentum towards self-sufficiency.

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Effective Case Management: Key Elements and Practices from the Field

Details examples of promising case management methods and highlights related tools and policies that were gathered through scanning online resources, interviewing subject-matter experts, and participating in a work group made…

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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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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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Jobs Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

Improving access for workers with disabilities to both high-quality jobs and workforce services is a key component of WIOA. Additionally, ETA recently released $15 million in Disability Employment Initiative grants focused on increasing positive employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.The following publications are part of the WSS collection that discuss employment strategies and outcomes for this population.

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business – Strategies and Support

Entrepreneurship has been and continues to be a critical component of the American workforce. Below are a few articles in the WSS collection that highlight different aspects of small businesses and entrepreneurship, including job quality, training, and support tools.

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