ERIC Number: ED328756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Occupational Information and International Development. Improving HRD Diagnostics. NOICC Occasional Papers/1.
Lawrence, J. E. S.
This paper explores, from two perspectives, the potential contribution of U.S. occupational information systems and other related programs to human resources development (HRD) in other countries, particularly in developing countries. The first perspective arises from initial and subsequent research on occupational information systems design and use in the United States. The second arises from work within the international development community and the United Nations Development Program in particular. The paper: (1) outlines the context for HRD in developing countries, documenting policy and planning problems; (2) discusses the need to improve diagnostic and analytical capabilities, the critical role played by information in reducing the levels of uncertainty encountered in HRD policy formulation, and the importance of seeking proactive rather than merely reactive solutions; (3) defines occupational information in the context of HRD, specifically within the broader framework of economic and labor market information as a key element in HRD strategies, and reviews recent efforts to organize HRD information flow in the world; (4) assesses the relevance, scope, structure, and technical relevance of the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee/State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC/SOICC) network to development assistance efforts in HRD; and (5) presents conclusions and recommendations for further consideration by NOICC, the development community, and countries where the NOICC/SOICC model may be relevant. (67 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Information Systems, Computer Oriented Programs, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Employment Projections, Human Resources, Information Sources, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Models, Occupational Information
National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Training Support Center, Document Reproduction Service, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (DOL/ETA), Washington, DC.