ERIC Number: ED384757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Is Your State Working? Diagnostic Guides for Workforce Development. Investing in People Project.
Bavaro, Mary Ellen; And Others
These four diagnostic guides, developed as part of the Investing in People Project in Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Washington, and West Virginia, can be used to help states in assessing their current work force and economic development systems and in building more comprehensive, integrated, and effective strategies for improving the work force. Diagnostic guides 1 and 2 assist a team in collecting and organizing information about its state work force and economic development programs. Guide 1 helps team members examine the following: why they have come together, what forces are pushing for change, what obstacles may need to be overcome, and what initial goals need to be set. Guide 2 leads the team through a complete assessment of the state's existing economic development, education, and job training programs, focusing on the current social, economic, political, and demographic conditions of the state. Using diagnostic guides 3 and 4, the team can develop short- and long-term strategies and identify critical areas of focus. These two guides provide a framework in which state teams can evaluate the quality and impact of the team's work force strategies. Because the government and political environment can change quickly, guides 3 and 4 are designed to allow a team to follow changes in the policy, economic, and social contexts of its state. A framework for evaluation, guide 4 helps the team in the ongoing process of implementing and sustaining change in the state's human investment systems. (KC)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Evaluation Methods, Futures (of Society), Labor Economics, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Labor Utilization, Program Evaluation, State Programs
Book Order Dept., National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 (item #3129: $15, plus $4 shipping and handling for the first item, $1 each additional item).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.; Jobs for the Future, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: For other Investing in People documents, see ED 370 241, ED 373 262, and CE 069 408.