Workforce Development

Preliminary WIA Net Impact Estimates: Administrative Records Opportunities and Limitations

Preliminary WIA Net Impact Estimates: Administrative Records Opportunities and Limitations

Researcher(s):
Kevin Hollenbeck, Christopher T. King and Daniel Schroeder
Date:
July 2003
Publication Type:
Full Report (PDF)

Abstract: This paper presents preliminary results from an exploratory study estimating quasiexperimental net impacts of training services provided under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 on the employment and earnings of participants in seven states. We have linked program and Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage record data from the seven states that are currently participating in the Administrative Data Research and Evaluation (ADARE) Project: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Texas, and Washington. The ADARE Project, a collaboration of university and nonprofit organization partners, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. We begin the paper with some background on quasi-experimental impact estimation for employment and training programs. We explain the approach we have adopted for estimating WIA net impacts on employment and earnings, two of the main outcomes of interest.

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The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States: Overview of Findings from a Field Network Study

The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States: Overview of Findings from a Field Network Study

Researchers: Burt S. Barnow and Christopher T. King.
Date: July 2003
Publisher: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, NY.
Publication Type: Report.  30pp.
 

Return-on-Investment (ROI) Estimates for Workforce Services in Texas, State Fiscal Year 2000-2001: Composite Workforce Development Board

Return-on-Investment (ROI) Estimates for Workforce Services in Texas, State Fiscal Year 2000-2001: Composite Workforce Development Board

Researcher(s):
Christopher T. King, Dan O'Shea, Sarah E. Looney, C. Andrew Redman and W. Lee Holcombe
Date:
April 2003
Publication Type:
Full Report (PDF); Executive Summary (PDF)

Abstract: This report outlines the approach used to estimate returns on investment (ROI) for workforce services delivered in 18 of the 28 local workforce areas in Texas. It also presents ROI estimates for the Composite Workforce Development Board, one that illustrates the “average” experience of the participating boards. The Workforce Leadership of Texas, the statewide association of workforce board chairs and directors, initiated this ROI effort—the first to attempt estimation of ROI across many of the important workforce funding streams—contracting with researchers at the University of Texas at Austin's Ray Marshall Center to develop these estimates. This ROI project builds upon an earlier phase of the project that developed and recommended systemic outcome measures for Texas workforce services (Workforce Leadership of Texas, 2001).

 

Estimating Return-on-Investment (ROI) for Texas Workforce Development Boards: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Estimating Return-on-Investment (ROI) for Texas Workforce Development Boards: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Researcher(s):Christopher T. King and Dan O'Shea
Date Published:
March 2003
Publication Type:
Report (prepared for Workforce Leadership of Texas)

Abstract: This report describes challenges faced and offers lessons learned from an initial attempt to estimate the returns on investment (ROI) in workforce services in Texas (King et al.2003). It also suggests a number of possible next steps for enhancing and improving upon our initial effort. The Workforce Leadership of Texas, the statewide association of workforce board chairs and directors, initiated this project to estimate workforce services ROI, contracting with researchers at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, a research center of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. This project builds directly upon an earlier phase of the project (Workforce Leadership of Texas, 2001).

 

Technology-Based Solutions to Workforce Service Delivery

Technology-Based Solutions to Workforce Service Delivery

Researcher(s): Robert W. Glover, Christopher T. King, Francis Dummer Fisher, Lodis Rhodes
Date:
October 2002
Publication Type:
Policy Research Project Full Report (PDF, 243pp.).
Printed Copies: $22.00 (PR-142, ISBN 0-89940-755-2)

Abstract: The New Economy, characterized by globalization, technological innovation, and rapid labor market change, has challenged employers and public institutions to educate, train, and place workers more quickly and efficiently. These forces have also led to important changes in training content. If workers are to succeed in today's labor market, they must possess broad-based competencies, including the ability to communicate, learn, and work in teams, as well as technical skills, especially the ability to use computers. This report, prepared for the Texas State Comptroller's e-Texas initiative and the Entertech Project at IC2 Institute, investigates various applications of information technology to improve the delivery of workforce services. The workforce system plays vital roles in assisting employers and job seekers by providing key services, such as job-matching, assessment, career counseling and case management, training and retraining, and placement services. As the report demonstrates, in all of these areas, information technology can be a resource for enhancing equity, effectiveness, and efficiency. From a review of innovations and best practices across Texas, in other states, and in the U.S. military, the report highlights recurrent themes of success, including promoting universal access to the technology, paying careful attention to pedagogy in e-learning, and working through partnerships.

 


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