ERIC Number: ED200775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Involving the Private Sector: Realities and Illusions. Matrix Needs Assessment for Involved Sectors.
Ryan, John M.
A methodology is needed for comparing the needs and wants of the private sector, public sector, and client sector in order to increase the involvement of the private sector in youth employment programs. Because such a methodology has not been available, the client (unemployed youth) is often at the mercy of the private sector employer and the public sector administration agency. The extent to which the employers and agencies coexist, adjust, and cooperate determines the extent to which client needs are met. The public agency must take the initiative to satisfy employer needs if employers are expected to increase their involvement in terms of helping clients. Attempts should be made to define each group's needs, understand them, negotiate them when necessary, and fill them. This may require a different outlook on the part of funding agencies and public agencies. Shifts from client-centered program efforts to employer-centered program efforts which do not rely primarily on subsidies are needed if overall commitment, implementation, and long term solutions to unemployment problems are to be found. A new evaluation model based on a matrix of sector needs in numerous areas of concern should result in an ongoing management system designed to incorporate realistic private sector needs into the service model. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara Applied Research, Inc., CA.