In the course of our research work, AspenWSI identifies areas where sector leaders could benefit from tools to assist them in program implementation.
Workforce development leaders regularly describe their benefits to workers in terms of increased wages, hours of work, and access to benefits. It is challenging to identify and document the outcomes that accrue to the businesses that use workforce development services. The outcomes that businesses are interested in are expressed in terms such as reduced cost of turnover, efficiency gains, skills increases, and improved access to skilled workers. AspenWSI led nine sectoral workforce organizations and their business clients, in a structured learning environment, to develop feasible guidelines and methods for assessing results from the business perspective.
Through Courses to Employment (C2E) we investigated the operations and outcomes of six partnerships between nonprofit organizations and community colleges. These types of partnerships represent a nascent field of practice, and nonprofit and community college representatives have noted time and again the value of sharing ideas, strategies and information about the nuts and bolts work of organizing and managing effective partnerships.
We have compiled a variety of different types of tools that partnerships have used to support their work on the ground.