W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research compiled this collection of chapters and case studies that push for potentially transformative workforce development and education strategies designed to improve opportunities for job seekers, students, and workers, and especially those with the most barriers to participation.

The authors examine the funding and performance of unemployment insurance, postsecondary education, reemployment programs, Workforce Investment Boards, the labor exchange system, and the potential impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

Selected Chapters:

  • Reemploying Unemployment Insurance Claimants: A Good Investment
  • Learn and Earn: Connecting Education to Careers in the 21st Century
  • Moving Sectoral and Career Pathway Programs from Promise to Scale
  • Employer Involvement in Workforce Programs: What Do We Know?
  • Capital IDEA and Austin Community College: A Case Study of a Nonprofit-Community College Partnership
  • Promising Practices of Community Colleges in the New Age of Workforce Development
  • Improving the Effectiveness of Education and Training Programs for Low-Income Individuals: Building Knowledge from Three Decades of Rigorous Experiments
  • Chicago’s Journey toward Better Data and Performance for the Workforce Development System
  • Pink to Green: Promising Workforce Development Practices for Women in Nontraditional Occupations
  • Signaling Success: A Case Study in Using Labor Market Information to Retool Workforce Development Strategies and Programs
  • Basic Food Employment and Training How Washington State Brought to Scale Skills Training for Its Food Stamp Population
  • Platform to Employment: Putting Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work