This report explores a few examples of workforce development strategies and systems reforms implemented as part of the Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Through case studies from Seattle to New Orleans, the report illustrates workforce programs, partnerships and policies that are working, and how to navigate some common challenges in pushing for reform.
Successful reforms generally represent a departure from current welfare and workforce policies, instead pushing toward new policy goal.
To help create and maintain an environment for workers to success, employers need to be engaged in training programs.
Different programs in different areas of the country reflect the range of challenges faced by job seekers. Be flexible in your programs and responses to meet those challenges.
A strong civic infrastructure generally leads to greater success in achieving policy changes, and securing resources to support reforms.
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Reforms build on local conditions. For this reason, those reforms that have had the greatest impact so far strongly reflect differences in local conditions, particularly in the strength of local civic or institutional infrastructure.
Early reforms are fragile and not entrenched. They require nurturing through strengthening of new relationships, making rules and practices into politics, and securing permanent funding sources.
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