Workforce Innovation Fund

Welcome

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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Evaluation

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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Get to Know the 2nd Round of Workforce Innovation Fund Grantees

On September 24th, the Employment and Training Administration announced eleven new grant awards under the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF). The goals of the WIF are closely aligned with the Obama administration's job-driven training principles. This new round of grantees will work with local and regional employers, industry groups, and their state commerce and development agencies to strengthen public-private partnerships. Like round 1, each project will include a rigorous evaluation component that will contribute to an expanding body of knowledge about the most effective strategies in workforce development.

To get to know the grantees, check out their summaries:

City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, Salinas, California ... Read More...

Using Labor Market Information (LMI)

Labor market information (LMI) can provide great insight into the economic landscape of a region, and be used in so many ways that it is sometimes hard to know where to get started. To help the Newark Workforce Investment Board (WIB) analyze how to best use LMI within their increasingly data-driven decision making processes – a goal of their Workforce Innovation Fund project “Managing for Success”, a technical assistance subject matter expert, Lois Joy from Jobs for the Future, demonstrated how to use both traditional and real-time LMI to guide the WIB’s investments and increase accountability of the training programs they support.

While every WIB has its own ... Read More...