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Welfare, Workforce, and Social Services: Workforce Development

Workforce Development and Investment

Big Cuts in State and Local Government Jobs

Employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show unprecedented cuts in state and local government jobs — five years after the start of the Great Recession in December 2007.
Lucy Dadayan and Donald J. Boyd, January 2013

How SUNY Matters: Economic Impacts of the State University of New York

A comprehensive statewide study by the Rockefeller Institute and the University at Buffalo Regional Institute finds the State University of New York is positioned to be the critical force in building an innovation economy for New York. Its economic impact equates to $5 for every $1 of state support. It has a diverse array of economic development activities already in place across its 64 campuses — and a growing potential to do more.
Rockefeller Institute of Government and University at Buffalo Regional Institute, June 2011

Workforce System One-Stop Services for Public Assistance and
Other Low-Income Populations: Lessons Learned in Selected States

Low-income clients who receive cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program often seek job services at Workforce Investment Act (WIA) career centers. This report finds common characteristics at centers where TANF and WIA coordination has brought success.
David J. Wright and Lisa M. Montiel, April 2010

A New Paradigm for Economic Development

Universities and higher-education systems across the country are taking leading roles in their states’ economic development efforts — and this Institute report says that trend seems likely to strengthen as the nation moves into the era of an “innovation economy.” The study found that higher education’s increasingly important role builds on, but goes well beyond, the research strengths of universities — incorporating efforts as wide-ranging as job training, business consulting, housing rehabilitation and even securing seed money for new businesses.
David F. Shaffer and David J. Wright, March 2010

The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States

The Institute and a network of field researchers studied the experience of eight states, 16 local areas and over 30 One-Stop Career Centers in 2002 and 2003 in implementing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The states studied were Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. This final report for the study provides findings from the project's evaluation of WIA.
Burt Barnow and Christopher King, February 2005

The Changing Landscape: Findings from an Eight-State Study of the Workforce Investment Act

Presentation on findings from the Workforce Investment Act study (see item above) from a colloquium held in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2004.
Burt Barnow and Christopher King, May 2004

WIA at Work: A Policy Dialogue — Colloquium Highlights

Over 100 federal, state, and local government officials, program administrators, researchers, and other system stakeholders attended this colloquium on the Institute's study of service delivery under the Workforce Investment Act. This publication covers the highlights of that event.
May 2004

Workforce Investment Act of 1998: Restructuring Workforce Development Initiatives in States and Localities

This report discusses key features of the Workforce Investment Act and the early implementation experiences and challenges faced by states and localities, based largely on research in Texas, Tennessee, and Washington State.
Daniel O'Shea and Christopher T. King, April 2001

State Case Studies from a Field Network Evaluation

Each of the two volumes of this book describes the research methodology and includes summaries of the findings in the study states. The chapters are the state case studies, and these provide detailed information on the policies, governance, structure, and services of the study states: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.

Volume One:
Title and Content Page
Preface: How to use This Volume
Chapter One: Methodology and the Case Study Summaries
Chapter Two: Maryland Case Study
Chapter Three Michigan Case Study
Chapter Four: Missouri Case Study
Chapter Five: Oregon Case Study

Volume Two:
Title and Content Page
Preface: How to use This Volume
Chapter One: Methodology and the Case Study Summaries
Chapter Two: Florida Case Study
Chapter Three Indiana Case Study
Chapter Four: Texas Case Study
Chapter Five: Utah Case Study

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

The project’s interim report.
Burt Barnow and Christopher King, July 2003