ERIC Number: ED448277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Integration of Welfare and Workforce Development Systems in the Midwest: Analysis of Implementation.
La Prad, Jeannine; Sand, Sharon
Progress in integration of state-level welfare and work force development systems in the Midwest was examined through case studies of 10 communities in 7 states. The case studies focused on local-level coordination and/or integration between the welfare and work force development systems. Despite legislative mechanisms to encourage collaboration, separate funding streams were still keeping the two systems apart in six of the seven states. Despite recent shifts in agencies' work and goals, the welfare and work force development systems were continuing to operate independently of one another. The following were among the identified challenges to collaboration: changing organizational missions; organizational staffing issues; lack of coordinated service delivery; disconnected funds; and lack of shared outcomes. The following are among the eight strategies recommended for achieving integration: (1) increase the flexibility of federal and state program regulations; (2) develop common reporting and performance measures for welfare-to-work programs to encourage joint planning and coordinated service delivery; (3) identify collaborative strategies that have proved effective in different settings; and (4) gather unified local employer relations teams to develop partnerships with employers. (The bibliography contains 19 references. The following items are appended: a state matrix; local site descriptions; and a list of project participants.) (MN)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Labor Force Development, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Policy, State Agencies, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Systems Approach, Transitional Programs, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Ann Arbor, MI.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Workforce Investment Act 1998