Systems Reform in the Jobs Initiative

Lessons from Using the Framework for Labor Market Systems Reform

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

July 3, 2001


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. 

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Key Takeaway

Whole System Reform through the Jobs Initiative

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative focused on ways to reform the whole workforce development system, not just isolated government programs that had been previous targets of reform. In particular, the effort emphasized the crucial role of employers in recruiting, training, advancing and rewarding low-skilled job seekers and low-income workers.

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