Investigates how public universities are contending with the challenge and opportunities of online education.
Analyzes how investments in early childhood programs benefit state and local economies through increased per capita earnings.
Focuses on short, immediate, and longer-term policies that might improve the economic prospects of low-income households.
Investigates the prevalence of self employment among older workers who made a job transition later in life and explores factors that determine the choice of wage-and-salary employment or self employment.
Describes a process that determines whether a program qualifies as evidence-based and explains how programs can prepare to be evaluated.
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.
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!
Tell Us What You Think!
Please contact us with your thoughts! What is useful – and what is not? What additional features would you like to see?
To celebrate, we’re highlighting three of the resources opening this week …
1. A “Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice,” this Supporting Resource, Level 3, describes something that we at WSS think is a great thing to do!
2. “Strategies for Assisting Low-Income Families” This Level 2 outcomes analysis poses some interesting thought experiments about what it would take to improve the economic prospects of low-income households.
3. “Self-Employment Transitions among Older American Workers with Career Jobs,” another Level 2 outcomes analysis, looks at older workers who tried self-employment and concludes that such employment can be a viable option for this group.
WSS was recently featured in an article for the National Association of Workforce Board Professionals newsletter! The article focuses on "evidence-based research" and is reprinted here: check it out!
"You’ve probably heard the term 'evidence-based' tossed around a lot lately. It is used in the media, in those little pop-up ads on your web browser, and also in Solicitations for Grant Applications from the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies. But you may be wondering, 'What exactly does ‘evidence-based’ mean?' Or, you may be familiar with the term but wondering, 'How do I get started?' Here is a good description of what it looks like to be evidenced-based:
Being evidence-based means your program’s services are informed by the most up-to-date research available. It means you are learning from experts and researchers who can help you measure your program’s effectiveness. And most important, it means that the people in your programs are receiving care that has the best chance of improving their long-term economic, social and emotional well-being...."
Sector Strategies build and nurture multi-stakeholder partnerships focusing on the workforce needs of an industry within a regional labor market. They constitute a major strategy by which the workforce investment system addresses skill gaps, engages directly with industry, and better aligns programs and resources serving employers and workers. Workforce System Strategies has many resources about sector strategies, and more on the way! Resources include:
For more resources on sector strategies, search by clicking on Find by topic ... Employment, Retention, & Advancement / Business Services / Sector Strategies -- and check back soon for new resources!
If you would like to nominate a resource related to sector strategies, please contact us!