In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The purpose of the Jobs Initiative and how it was designed.

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    A definition of the “theory of change” approach that was central to the Jobs initiative.

  3. 3

    Key features and characteristics of the six Jobs Initiatives sites and how they were selected.

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    Challenges during the capacity-building phase.

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    How locally-designed projects were encouraged to address labor market barriers.

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    The demands of managing multiple task forces and committees.

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    What "outcome funding" means.

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    How human services were integrated into project designs.

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    The role of neighborhood organizations in developing connections with low-skilled job seekers and low-income workers.

Key Takeaway

Access trumps creation of jobs

Casey's Jobs Initiative prioritized job access rather than job creation in response to a relatively tight labor market and worker shortages in many industries. As a result, the six Jobs Initiative sites focused their efforts on job preparation, job readiness and job quality, finding pathways to longer-term, family-supporting employment.

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