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ERIC Number: ED455431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-20
Pages: 71
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Coordination and Integration of Welfare and Workforce Development Systems.
Pindus, Nancy; Koralek, Robin; Martinson, Karin; Trutko, John
The extent of coordination and integration of welfare and work force development systems was examined in a study that involved site visits to 12 localities in 6 states. The following factors were found to promote coordination: a previous history of coordination; a strong local economy and low unemployment; access to technology; greater financial resources; and state initiatives. Barriers to coordination identified were programmatic (differing program goals, concepts of coordination, and performance standards and declining welfare caseloads); logistical (geographical issues, long-term leases and space limitations, confidentiality, incompatible client forms, union rules and civil service regulations); and managerial ("turf" barriers, system complexity, time commitments). The following were among the key lessons learned: (1) past relationships are important; (2) coordination efforts must generally overcome barriers; (3) coordination can occur under a variety of organizational approaches; (4) service systems must fit local conditions; (5) coordination can benefit hard-to-serve clients; (6) coordination is a process rather than an event; and (7) integration is a means rather than an end. (The bibliography contains 16 references. The following items are appended: a literature review; information about the study methodology and site selection; and a summary of agencies providing work-related services.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Missouri; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Job Training Partnership Act 1982; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families