ERIC Number: ED400439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Integrating State Development Efforts: An Agenda for Service Providers. Business Assistance Note #2.
Shonka, Molly; Bergman, Terri
States that are successfully integrating three development programs--economic, work force, and technology--are focusing on the results as the first step in the process and have an easier time developing, monitoring, and improving their strategies. To structure their integration efforts around results, states need to begin with a vision of a preferred future and then work backward to define outcomes, develop strategies, and adjust budgets to lead to the desired results. In a results-oriented system, states need to adopt one or more of three types of integration strategies--policy, administrative, or case--to achieve the broad goals they set. A results orientation provides states with a clear and relevant yardstick for measuring program success and a basis for adjusting delivery strategies to improve program effectiveness. Several economic and political forces are currently converging to support efforts at integration: the rise of the global marketplace, increased competition, and citizens who are looking for improved outcomes and processes--a more efficient government. Bringing about integration requires stakeholders to relinquish control, enter partnerships, and take risks. Service providers can play a role in promoting implementation of integration strategies at the delivery level, by encouraging the adoption of integration strategies at the policy level, and by becoming active participants in the adoption of integration strategies. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cooperative Programs, Economic Development, Integrated Services, Labor Force Development, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Statewide Planning, Technological Advancement, Technology
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Product of the National Workforce Assistance Collaborative.