This policy brief–the sixth in a series related to job retention and advancement for low-income workers–looks at the challenges and opportunities of pursuing systems change. In particular, the brief outlines the benefits and difficulties of a systems-change framework used by participants in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative.
Poor people have limited access to labor-market resources.
Job seekers who develop skills they can take from position to position will better meet specific employer needs.
Organizing employers for collective action helps develop collaboration around workforce development.
A framework for systems change can help workforce development leaders identify where and how to intervene in the system.
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As labor markets have become regionalized, larger and more complex, the task of improving the outcomes they produce for low-income people has itself become more complex and more oriented to changing the system, not just developing a training program.
Whether innovators can actually impact the drivers in their labor market depends crucially on their ability to influence others, to cultivate assets–institutions, individuals, resources–that are committed to reform of the system.
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