Does Workforce Development Work?

As part of The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s two-year Workforce Narrative project, this paper presents a comprehensive view of workforce development, including common pitfalls in considering the effectiveness of workforce development interventions.

January 1, 2008

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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

A History of Collaboration

This report traces how various funders—national foundations, smaller local foundations, and government agencies can work together to have an impact on key economic challenges. Such collaborations foster new possibilities in the workforce field and should encourage other funders to support similar efforts.

January 1, 2008

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Strengthening Workforce Policy

Applying the Lessons of the Jobs Initiative to Five Key Challenges

This report identifies five central problems that confront policymakers in attempting to improve workforce development programs – and how to address those problems.

October 22, 2007

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Why Workforce Investment Matters to Regions

As part of The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s two-year Workforce Narrative project, this report provides a framework for investing in workforce development policies and programs. This report provides historical and economic rationale for increased workforce development investment; as well as possible economic challenges and opportunities for future workforce development.

April 13, 2007

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Connecting People to Jobs

Neighborhood Workforce Pipelines

This report is a comprehensive guide to building jobs “pipelines” from low-income neighborhoods to city-wide and/or regional employment sectors in ways that benefit residents and employers. 

January 4, 2007

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Cultural Competence in Workforce Development

The Jobs Initiative Experience

This report focuses on six sites invested in workforce development as part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative. Readers will learn about the cultural competence issues that arose in these sites and the tools and strategies developed in response. This publication is a sequel to the Foundation’s Taking the Initiative on Jobs and Race report, released in 2001. 

June 16, 2006

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A Jobs Initiative Research Brief

Approaches to Measuring and Tracking Career Advancement

This research brief explores the findings and challenges of data collected over an eight-year period on thousands of individuals who were placed in jobs through the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative.

October 26, 2005

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