Workforce Innovation Fund


Welcome to the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) website! The WIF is an investment of $146.9 million in competitive four-year grants to 26 grantees across the nation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The WIF supports innovative approaches to the design and delivery of employment and training services that generate long-term improvements in the performance of the public workforce system.

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Get to Know the Grantees

The current WIF grantees were chosen for their innovative approaches to workforce services & reform, their focus on achieving measurable outcomes, and their emphasis on building knowledge about effective practices through rigorous evaluation and translating “lessons learned” into increased cost efficiency in the broader workforce system.

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A primary purpose of the WIF is to improve the performance of the country’s workforce system by determining what works, and building a body of evidence-based practices within the field of workforce development. The outcomes generated through these WIF investments will consequently play a significant role in determining the future course of publicly-funded employment and training programs.

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Lessons Learned

Together with Evaluation, information will be regularly shared about the grantees’ progress toward implementing successful training approaches, their challenges, and opportunities for the broader workforce system to support the adoption of these innovative practices. At the end of the four-year grant period, a high-quality set of recommendations that result in meaningful policy enhancements and workforce system retooling will be provided to the public workforce system.

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What is “Pay for Success?”

The Pay for Success (PFS) model is a new way of financing social services to help governments target limited dollars to achieve a positive, measurable outcome. Under the Pay for Success model, a government agency commits funds to pay for a specific outcome that is achieved within a given timeframe.

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Stakeholder Engagement Series

The Eye on the Workforce Innovation Fund Stakeholder Engagement Series, Innovating for Change, is designed to provide a national forum for the public workforce system to discuss the power and promise of innovation.

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WIF Grantees Leading Change: Peer Networking and Problem Solving at the WIF Meeting

The recent WIF Grantee Meeting in Washington, D.C. provided a great opportunity for grantees to engage in a robust discussion around the challenges of leading innovation and change while implementing their project.  Rick Maher, President and CEO of Maher and Maher, kicked off the session with an engaging presentation on the critical elements of leading change.  He cited several thought leaders around change management, including Kotter's 8 Step Process for leading change.  Four grantees enriched the conversation by sharing examples of how they've addressed the critical elements in their work on the ground.  Pamela Elessa from Workforce Central and Pam Hester from WorkSystems, Inc. provided tangible strategies for ... Read More...

The WIF Grantee Meeting

On March 27th and 28th, more than 131 people descended upon the U.S. Department of Labor’s Francis Perkins building in Washington D.C. for the 2014 Workforce Innovation Fund Grantee meeting. Twenty-six WIF grantee teams were in attendance, including evaluation partners, as well as subject matter experts, the national evaluation coordinator, technical assistance coaches, and staff from both the regional and national Employment & Training Administration (ETA) offices. Grantees engaged in a number of workshops, plenaries, and peer-learning sessions intended to highlight successful practices and innovations both within the WIF grantee network and from national leaders. 

Highlights included:

An inspiring opening plenary session by Michael Smith, Director of the ... Read More...