Workforce Development

Non-Custodial Parent Choices PEER Pilot: Impact Report

Non-Custodial Parent Choices PEER Pilot: Impact Report

Authors: Daniel Schroeder, Kimberly Walker, Amna Khan
Date: August 2011
Publication Type: Final Report. 45pp.

The focus of this report is the Non-Custodial Parent Choices PEER curriculum enhancement pilot. The PEER pilot, which began in late 2010 in Hidalgo County, El Paso, and Beaumont/Port Arthur, tests whether the addition of a curriculum including parenting and relationship skills and financial literacy to the standard workforce development services in the original program can measurably enhance the program's impacts on the ability of low-income non-custodial parents (NCPs) to support their children. This report describes the early impacts of this pilot, which has thus far shown success in increasing child support collections.
 

The Use of Market Mechanisms

The Use of Market Mechanisms
(Chapter in The Workforce Investment Act: Implementation Experiences and Evaluation Findings)

Authors: Christopher T. King, Burt S. Barnow
Date: 2011
Publisher: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Publication Type: Chapter in The Workforce Investment Act: Implementation Experiences and Evaluation Findings, co-edited by Douglas J. Besharov and Phoebe H. Cottingham
Availability: Book available for purchase from the W.E. Upjohn Institute at this link.

The authors present key results concerning market and market-like mechanisms in the delivery of workforce services in the US. These mechanisms include labor market information (LMI), provider certification, individual training accounts (ITAs), and performance standards and incentives. The findings are based on WIA study conducted 2003-2005 that examined the experiences of eight states. The authors also provide a series of conclusions relevant to the use of market mechanisms, as well as recommendations for both the WIA reauthorization process and the European Social Fund.

 

Exploratory Return‐on‐Investment Analysis of Local Workforce Investments

Exploratory Return‐on‐Investment Analysis of Local Workforce Investments

Authors: Tara C. Smith, Christopher T. King
Date: August 2011
Publication Type: Report. 24pp.
(One-page Research Brief also available at this link.)
This report, submitted to the Travis County Health and Human Services Department, presents findings from a cost‐benefit analysis of Travis County’s investment in long‐term workforce development through Capital IDEA.
 

Identifying Gaps and Setting Priorities for Employment and Training Research

Identifying Gaps and Setting Priorities for Employment and Training Research

Authors: Carl E. Van Horn, Christopher T. King, and Tara C. Smith
Date: July 2011
Publication Type and Publisher: Report. 129pp. Published by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

This report reviews workforce and related research funded by several federal agencies and other federal entities. It also reviews research and evaluation projects undertaken by regional, state, and local workforce agencies and research supported by several national and regional foundations, as well as research that has been or is being conducted independently by leading researchers without substantial public or private support. Finally, this report identifies high-priority research topic areas to examine over the next five years.
 

Strategically Positioning Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Final Report)

Strategically Positioning Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (Final Report)

Authors
: Dan O'Shea, Christopher T. King
Date: June 2011
Publication Type: Final Report. 156pp.

Researchers at the Ray Marshall Center assess current workforce efforts at Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT) and identify viable options for adjusting, expanding, or introducing new elements to the current programs and services array that might help “position” GICT for improving the livelihood prospects of disadvantaged populations in Central Texas.
 


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