This report explores the challenges, similarities and differences among local and national investors in workforce development initiatives. As part of the Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative, these lessons for funders explore ideas and practices that lead to better results for low-income job seekers in several highlighted communities – from Denver to St. Louis. 

November 2, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    An overview of workforce development investment approaches.

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    Reasons for developing a management information system.

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    Challenges that low-income job seekers face.

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    Differences and similarities between local and national investors in workforce development initiatives.

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    Barriers in philanthropic practices that can undermine an effective investment approach.

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    The benefit of private sector methods in grantmaking.

Key Takeaway

Getting to Results

Successful workforce development investments have, through trial and error, found ways to tackle and transcend challenges of retention and advancement, employer engagement and entrenched politics, capacity building and ongoing funding, and monitoring and evaluation. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations