Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Workforce Development 2010

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A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce. -Bill Owens
A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce. -Bill Owens

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Center for Employment Training (6 recommendations) They have helped sites around the country adopt and adapt their model. We have a strong program in Washington DC (based at So Others Might Eat). The model is well-designed for individuals with significant barriers to employment and particularly low-income women.
Center for Employment Training
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http://www.cetweb.org/index.php

Evidence of Impact

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They have helped sites around the country adopt and adapt their model. We have a strong program in Washington DC (based at So Others Might Eat). The model is well-designed for individuals with significant barriers to employment and particularly low-income women.
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They have been shown to produce net impacts on employment and earnings for diverse populations in rigorous random assignment studies.
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This is one of few job training programs to have strong impacts in random assignment.
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They are innovative and those served get deep enough training to get good jobs.
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For over 40 years, they have successfully trained monolingual, at risk, low income individuals in entry level jobs and helped them become self-sufficient.

Organizational Strengths

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They have high replicability and a deep commitment to outcome measurement.
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Key features of its success appear to be strong and effective leadership, integrated basic skills, and occupational skills instruction. An ability to serve those with limited English proficiency is also an asset.
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They have very strong community ties.
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There is a strong leadership team here.
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It is a national model that has a proven record of being replicated regionally and nationally.
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They have a set of consistent core values that are embraced by the leadership and staff of CET. They have an education model that places the student at the center of their efforts. Students are supported, counseled, coached and helped to overcome obstacles that get in the way of them attending class: transportation, childcare, lack of shelter, etc.

Areas for Improvement

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Their efforts to replicate the model in other locations have met with mixed success.
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The replication of their "model" has not had as strong effects.
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They should partner with job creation organizations.
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It lacks the infrastructure to be able to replicate the technical assistance it provides.
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They lack the resources for high level marketing expertise. It does not get the recognition that it deserves. They need succession planning. Many of the staff are long-term employees and there is a need for fresh thinking and innovation.
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (6 recommendations) They have had positive measured impact for workers (in terms of access and skills for jobs, and pay and income), for firms (in terms of workforce productivity and retention, process modernization, and access to public resources), for unions (in terms of assisting union firms and stabilizing union jobs, as well as building skills of union members), and for the community.
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership

http://www.wrtp.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have had positive measured impact for workers (in terms of access and skills for jobs, and pay and income), for firms (in terms of workforce productivity and retention, process modernization, and access to public resources), for unions (in terms of assisting union firms and stabilizing union jobs, as well as building skills of union members), and for the community.
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They effectively connect low-skill, low-income workers in the Milwaukee area to training and employment and mentoring in manufacturing, construction and health care. They are the only organization I know of that successfully links labor, management and community, bridges the gap between supply and demand in the labor market, and prepares unemployed, marginally employed, or disconnected workers for apprenticeship. Impressive data on their impact can be found in a recent PPV report.
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The PPV evaluation of impact on earnings from a random assignment study substantiates the Wisconsin Regional Training partnership's impact.
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Formed in 1992, the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership is one of the most mature and successful workforce intermediaries in the US. Around 2001, they began working very closely with the Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment, and the two are now known collectively as WRTP/BIG STEP. Since 1992, they have placed more than 4,000 Milwaukee residents into family-supporting jobs, with average annual earnings raised by 165% in the first year of the job and a 12-month retention rate of over 70%. For example, the organization made 473 job placements in 2006 – at an annual average wage of $14.82 per hour plus benefits – 61% were black and 9% were Latino. In its heavy highway construction work, WRTP/BIG STEP has accomplished a notable outcome; while construction jobs in the Milwaukee area have traditionally lacked racial diversity, BIG STEP participants placed in pre-apprenticeship programs match Milwaukee’s racial diversity. Further, as one of three sector initiatives that participated in a random assignment evaluation, it has shown that it produces significantly better outcomes than a control group for low-income individuals who face barriers such as limited work experience and educational attainment. It has won multiple local and national awards, and it continues to enjoy extremely strong support from the business, labor and workforce development communities in Milwaukee.
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It has been a leader at the local, state and federal level moving policy that will allow for support in workforce development using a sectoral approach. Additionally through the organization's work, it has built partnerships with business, government and community to address the issue of unemployment and underemployment.
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They have achieved high rates of placement, retention, and advancement.

Organizational Strengths

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Fundamental strength in its operating theory of putting unions and firms at the center of their work, which helps connect disadvantaged workers to decent jobs, while building pathways up for good employers. A second strength is the joint leadership of labor and management, with strong staff support.
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The deep experience of leadership, their knowledge of and connections to employers throughout the construction and manufacturing sectors, their respected place among community groups serving poor and marginalized communities of color, and their close relationships with organized labor, make this organization unique, and uniquely effective.
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It is highly successful in implementing an “employer driven, worker centered” approach. This approach, rooted in a “high road” model, helps build industry competitiveness through firm modernization and workforce development. It assists firms to utilize high skill workers who can aid adoption and effective use of the latest technologies and organizational strategies. Its approach combines improved skills and increased worker voice to aid in developing competitiveness. One of their key strengths is the ability to use their employer network, and their union connections within many of the participating companies, to provide a rich source of up-to-date information on the regional economy. It maintains its employer network by having firms formally join into the partnership. In turn, their membership in it functions to embed the organization in an employer network. Additionally, it targets high wage, family-supporting jobs, supports development of clearly identified career pathways, and provides job seekers a range of resources for ongoing training. Finally, it develops deep connections within low-income communities and with other workforce development agencies and service providers in the regional economy. Ithas identified and facilitates training for 12 career paths manufacturing, construction, health care, and other industries.
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Their strengths began with a visionary leader who was able to build strong leadership and a hardworking staff coupled with a strong board.
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They have strong partnerships with employers and unions and an understanding of employer practices.

Areas for Improvement

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They need more organizational resources devoted to development and management; their staff is stretched thin.
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I think the they could use help with capacity-building. They are trying to share their highly effective program model - proven time and again in SE Wisconsin - with counterparts across the state and the country. In addition to delivering the wide-ranging and time-consuming programs, staff are in constant demand for technical assistance, and spend much time advising counterparts across the country on how to build labor-management job-training partnerships.
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They need assistance to complete renovations on a building the organization moved into several years ago, though which it has expanded its capacity to address the shortage of qualified workers that area employers face and a wide range of social issues generated whenever major segments of the population are under-represented in the workforce. The vintage 1928 building boasts 30,000 square feet on three levels – hands-on training areas for welding, machining, and construction on the lower level; testing, counseling, tutoring, and classroom training on the main level; and administration, meeting and conference rooms on the top floor. It expects its capacity for training and placement to grow from nearly 500 placements in 2006 to 1,000 in 2010, making it possible to fill an all-time record number of construction and manufacturing jobs filled with locally trained talent.
REDF (4 recommendations) They have impact with the number and variety of social ventures dedicated to job creation that they have assisted to create and continued to support in their development. Another impact is their positive influence on the growth of the number of jobs for vulnerable populations. Additionally, they have impact through their effective actions to bring the field forward, i.e., gathering practitioners, utilizing the best and the brightest young professionals interested in social enterprise, and thinking nationally while working locally and statewide, as seen in their impact at national conferences, with speaking, and with networking in the field.
REDF
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http://www.redf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact with the number and variety of social ventures dedicated to job creation that they have assisted to create and continued to support in their development. Another impact is their positive influence on the growth of the number of jobs for vulnerable populations. Additionally, they have impact through their effective actions to bring the field forward, i.e., gathering practitioners, utilizing the best and the brightest young professionals interested in social enterprise, and thinking nationally while working locally and statewide, as seen in their impact at national conferences, with speaking, and with networking in the field.
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REDF provides funding and advisory services for other nonprofits that are developing or running social enterprises that provide meaningful employment to at-risk populations. Their "portfolio companies,” as they refer to their nonprofit partners, have created thousands of jobs for their participants. Most of the participants in these programs fit one of these criteria: homeless, recently released from prison, extremely low/no income, or addiction issues.
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Their impact is enabling difficult-to-employ workers to be employed in nonprofit owned enterprises.
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REDF helps develop the capacity of small but high potential nonprofits.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their leadership by Carla Javits within the organization as well as the local, state, and national communities of workforce development and social entrepreneurship. Another strength is the expertise and social commitment of all REDF staff; they provide thoughtful, critical guidance to new ventures for job creation. An additional strength is the knowledge and experience of the leadership and staff in supporting the development of social ventures focused on job creation for vulnerable populations. Also, they have thoughtful strategic planning, great marketing (see website at www.redf.org), and an understanding of the needs of the populations (youth, formerly incarcerated, homeless, very low income) that they strive to impact through social change. The work style and culture of the organization is very respectful of the multiple community based organizations, staff, interns, funders, and philanthropists with whom they work in diverse settings.
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REDF has an excellent leader, Carla Javits, who has extensive workforce development experience. Their staff consists of extraordinarily smart individuals that have both business and social services experience.
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This organization has recently launched an innovative workforce development effort with prisoners in New York state.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to have greater impact nationally and to grow beyond California (their next strategic move is to expand statewide).
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REDF is beginning to expand its reach beyond its base in the San Francisco area. I'd like to see them expand faster!
Restaurant Opportunities Center United (4 recommendations) In only a few years, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) has had a major impact on the restaurant industry. It has done so by building upon the success of its flagship, ROC-NY, and establishing other ROCs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Maine, Miami, Michigan, New Orleans, and Washington DC. ROC-United's work is important because the restaurant industry is currently one of the largest private sector employers nationwide and one of the fastest growing industries in most regions across the country. It is also important because ROCs empower workers in typically low-quality jobs, many of whom face discrimination; ROC's are multiracial organizations that focus on organizing restaurant workers and are led by a steering committee or board of restaurant workers. ROC-NY (the oldest) has won nine workplace justice campaigns against exploitative high-profile restaurant companies, obtaining $5,000,000 and improvements in workplace policies for restaurant workers. It has also trained more than 1000 restaurant workers to find good jobs and advance within the industry, published three ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase for tipped workers, organized 40 restaurant workers to open their own cooperatively-owned restaurant, and grown to include 3200 restaurant workers in our membership. In collaboration with ROC-United, ROC-NY also produced a groundbreaking study of racial discrimination in hiring. Additionally, ROC-United worked with ROCs in Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, and Maine to produce comprehensive industry studies for Chicago, Metro Detroit, New Orleans, and Maine and a national executive summary that pooled data from these locations and from New York City.
Restaurant Opportunities Center United

http://www.rocunited.com/

Evidence of Impact

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In only a few years, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-United) has had a major impact on the restaurant industry. It has done so by building upon the success of its flagship, ROC-NY, and establishing other ROCs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Maine, Miami, Michigan, New Orleans, and Washington DC. ROC-United's work is important because the restaurant industry is currently one of the largest private sector employers nationwide and one of the fastest growing industries in most regions across the country. It is also important because ROCs empower workers in typically low-quality jobs, many of whom face discrimination; ROC's are multiracial organizations that focus on organizing restaurant workers and are led by a steering committee or board of restaurant workers. ROC-NY (the oldest) has won nine workplace justice campaigns against exploitative high-profile restaurant companies, obtaining $5,000,000 and improvements in workplace policies for restaurant workers. It has also trained more than 1000 restaurant workers to find good jobs and advance within the industry, published three ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase for tipped workers, organized 40 restaurant workers to open their own cooperatively-owned restaurant, and grown to include 3200 restaurant workers in our membership. In collaboration with ROC-United, ROC-NY also produced a groundbreaking study of racial discrimination in hiring. Additionally, ROC-United worked with ROCs in Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, and Maine to produce comprehensive industry studies for Chicago, Metro Detroit, New Orleans, and Maine and a national executive summary that pooled data from these locations and from New York City.
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ROC has improved the working conditions for service sector workers like the UAW (United Auto Workers) did for automobile workers decades ago. ROC has organized these workers, provided research and policy guidance, conducted legal campaigns, and convened employers to talk about improving conditions for their workers. ROC's efforts will help assure that low-income and disadvantaged populations may take advantage of career paths in the industry.
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The restaurant industry is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the nation and has good jobs while other sectors decline. ROC has been able to place hundreds of workers in these living-wage jobs.
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ROC-United is building upon a very successful NYC-based effort, (ROC-NY). ROC's three-part strategy, research, advocacy, and workforce development is a very effective approach to improving job quality and providing opportunities for skill development and industry performance. ROC is expanding nationally and thereby developing chapters across the US.

Organizational Strengths

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ROC-United has visionary, highly motivated, and highly effective leadership. Additionally, it has an innovative organizing approach, with three simultaneous components: comprehensive research and policy work to raise consciousness and lift standards for workers in the industry, worker organizing to demonstrate public consequences for employers who take the “low-road” to profitability by violating workers' legal rights, and promotion of “high-road” restaurant owners that pay and treat their workers well.
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ROC has incredibly passionate staff who invest themselves into their work. Furthermore, the organization is growing and has the potential to impact large numbers of low-wage and low-skill workers.
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This organization has a very unique model—a workforce development program housed within a membership organization that is working to improve job quality industry-wide. They also have great employer relationships in the industry that they worked with on both job placement and job quality. This is a very important combination that makes it more effective.
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They have great leadership and staff with a proven ability to improve the rapidly expanding food service industry.

Areas for Improvement

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ROC-United could use assistance in its effort to develop an advanced restaurant worker training and placement program to place workers in high-end restaurant jobs, in its national policy advocacy work, and in building COLORS, a worker-cooperative restaurant in New York City.
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The project is being replicated in ROC affiliates nationwide. ROC could and should have better standardized systems nationally to show its effectiveness nationally and it could increase its relationships with more employers.
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ROC needs funding support and regional and local technical assistance (especially in workforce development area) to maximize its potential impact.
Wider Opportunities for Women (4 recommendations) WOW pioneered a self-sufficient standard based on family size and cost of living in locales across the country that has influenced service delivery entities to change their definition of "success."
Wider Opportunities for Women

http://www.wowonline.org/

Evidence of Impact

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WOW pioneered a self-sufficient standard based on family size and cost of living in locales across the country that has influenced service delivery entities to change their definition of "success."
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Their make an impact with their focus on advocacy for women with low income.
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WOW has provided a significant support to access for women to non-traditional industries that provide good self-sufficiency wages. WOW has been a sponsor of research used across the country that looks at the issue of family sustaining wages as opposed to poverty level guidelines.
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They have impact through their advocacy for women in non-traditional jobs and their apprenticeship programs.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a strong staff and stay focused on the mission.
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The leadership has been a significant force in this organization, connecting it to other networks and making WOW's message flow through with their messages. WOW also has strength through a number of partners across the country with similar missions and audiences.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by forming partnerships with higher education for more research.
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Some projects are not as strong as the Self Sufficiency Calculator project and need more direct funding to make them work smoother. More local units, like a Washington D.C. group, would also be an improvement.
Workforce Strategy Center (4 recommendations) WSC has developed exceptionally strong toolkits on career pathways. They provide a very concrete set of tools and steps for implementing career pathway programs, which are a highly effective approach to workforce training.
Workforce Strategy Center

http://www.workforcestrategy.org/

Evidence of Impact

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WSC has developed exceptionally strong toolkits on career pathways. They provide a very concrete set of tools and steps for implementing career pathway programs, which are a highly effective approach to workforce training.
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They work at both the policy and advocacy level and are a consultant in program delivery.
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They have impact through their strong vision and cutting-edge approach to workforce development.
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The center’s focus on developing career pathways has led to comprehensive workforce plans at the state and local levels that allow areas to leverage multiple resources for effective workforce development.

Organizational Strengths

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They have excellent leadership. They have been in the field for a long time and build on a strong base of knowledge.
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They have knowledgeable staff that has practical experience.
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They have a strong staff and perform good research.
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The center is moving away from purely academic research toward creating practical tools that local areas can use to develop sector strategies and career pathways.

Areas for Improvement

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They have a limited staff.
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WSC could take more care and time in selecting local sources and partners, so as to incorporate real decision makers and implementers who have the most experience to share.
Center for American Progress (3 recommendations) They have impact with the shaping of public policy and the Obama administration.
Center for American Progress
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http://www.americanprogress.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact with the shaping of public policy and the Obama administration.
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They gather and present policy positions that inform and unify the field
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CAP has been very effective at integrating the policy debate around workforce and economic development and education through its writings and roundtable discussions.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is the convening and organization of important meetings with key stakeholders.
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They are well funded and manage communications well.
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The depth and knowledge of the staff is one of its greatest strengths, as well as the ability to attract key organizations to discussions on important workforce issues.

Areas for Improvement

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CAP covers so many policy issues; it is sometimes difficult to see its mission and focus. CAP is viewed as representing one side of the political spectrum; it could be more effective if it engaged a broader spectrum.
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (3 recommendations) CSW's work has helped shape the policy and funding focus for workforce development activities within several states. Particularly noteworthy are the organization's technical assistance efforts in Michigan and West Virginia. The subject matter expertise of senior level CSW staffers has helped shape federal funding policies for workforce development, particularly during the current administration.
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
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http://www.skilledwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

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CSW's work has helped shape the policy and funding focus for workforce development activities within several states. Particularly noteworthy are the organization's technical assistance efforts in Michigan and West Virginia. The subject matter expertise of senior level CSW staffers has helped shape federal funding policies for workforce development, particularly during the current administration.
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CSW has been effective in transferring broader workforce policy discussions into implementation at the state and local levels that are transforming the workforce system and its impacts.
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CSW has impact through its policy, innovation, partnering willingness, national visibility, industry focus, and NGA (National Governors Association) involvement.

Organizational Strengths

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CSW leadership has wisely focused on building a highly knowledgeable and respected workforce development team. As a result, CSW has within its ranks some exceptionally well-versed and influential senior level staff members. The expertise and sphere of influence held by these individuals allows CSW to play a significant role in shaping workforce policy at the national level and within a number of state systems.
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CSW has strong committed leadership with a finger on the pulse of workforce issues and a distributed business model that allows it to respond quickly to the needs of their customers and as opportunities and needs arise.
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Their strengths are leadership, staff, technical writing, and learning models.

Areas for Improvement

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CSW's efforts are not as widely known as those of Jobs for the Future. A more focused marketing approach would enhance the organization's name recognition as well as ensure that its work in the field reaches workforce stakeholders. Outside of its policy work, much of CSW's efforts are more technical assistance in nature. There appears to be additional opportunities for CSW to exercise its expertise at the national level as the lead convener within a collaborative initiative of industry stakeholders and other workforce partners.
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Sometimes it appears that CSW is spread too broadly and clouds its mission. The distributed business model is both a strength and a potential weakness, and the connection to the center is not always clear.
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They could improve by building partnerships for moving from planning into full implementation.
Genesys Works (3 recommendations) They provide the opportunity for at-risk youth in learning and skills training in information technology (IT). Business partners outsource IT services to Genesys Works, which employs at-risk youth in doing the work. Genesys Works was recognized at The White House Office of Social Innovation.
Genesys Works
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http://www.genesysworks.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They provide the opportunity for at-risk youth in learning and skills training in information technology (IT). Business partners outsource IT services to Genesys Works, which employs at-risk youth in doing the work. Genesys Works was recognized at The White House Office of Social Innovation.
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GW helps youth change their world view and expands their possibilities.
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I see GW as delivering high-quality training and work experiences to their program participants and helping those participants leapfrog over their family history, lack of opportunity, and other barriers to be continuing, very successful labor market participants.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership, which consists of a couple of guys that came out of the venture capital world that truly understand business and entrepreneurship, and their finances, which as a social enterprise most of the costs are covered by earned revenue.
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Their leader is a dynamic Ashoka Fellow.
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They have an interesting, innovative, and apparently successful business model and an attentiveness to growth that is reasonable while still being optimistic and ambitious.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with expansion into additional markets. They only exist in Texas and Minnesota.
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They could expand their vision to understand that careers should also be based on what is most meaningful and fulfilling.
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They could perhaps smooth out operations across sites.
National Council of La Raza (3 recommendations) NCLR has been a pillar for implementation and funding of workforce development projects that impact directly the Latino community. A good example is the Carreras En Salud Model that trained bilingual and bicultural Latinos to become healthcare professionals in the area of Chicago.
National Council of La Raza
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http://www.nclr.org/

Evidence of Impact

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NCLR has been a pillar for implementation and funding of workforce development projects that impact directly the Latino community. A good example is the Carreras En Salud Model that trained bilingual and bicultural Latinos to become healthcare professionals in the area of Chicago.
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They have impact through growing workforce development activities among its nationwide network of community based organization affiliates, providing excellent technical assistance one-on-one and in peer training sessions, and successfully securing funding to support and expand affiliate activities.
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NCLR has strong focus in advocacy. It is a leader in training in this area.

Organizational Strengths

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NCLR is a national recognized organization that advocates for Latinos across the nation. Their leadership and staff are strategically located across the nation to directly serve our Latino communities.
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Their strengths are the national leadership and resources necessary to impact public policy on workforce and related issues, e.g., immigration reform. They have the workforce division leadership to train, coordinate, and raise resources for the affiliate network.
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The staff is very professional and knowledgeable.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their funding sources, and national technical assistance still needs to be improved.
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They could improve by engaging and involving affiliates more in planning, i.e., be more bottom-up. They could focus more organizational energy on workforce advocacy efforts.
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It could assist their affiliates in building more capacity.
National Transitional Jobs Network (3 recommendations) They have impact through their training and placement of former welfare recipients into entry-level jobs.
National Transitional Jobs Network

http://www.heartlandalliance.org/ntjn/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through their training and placement of former welfare recipients into entry-level jobs.
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They have impact from advancing transitional jobs as a key element of a workforce strategy.
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This is the only national organization specifically focused on vitally important model of transitional jobs, which combines workforce development and wage-paying employment opportunities for highly disadvantaged individuals. NTJN has played key roles in the development of both federal and state policy and local program design and experimentation.

Organizational Strengths

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The TJ Network provides leadership in the welfare job placement area and has a strong staff that keeps it going. They have gone after federal funding to expand their operations and got federal stimulus funding.
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Their strengths are their leadership, knowledge, willingness to provide technical assistance, understanding multiple systems affecting the participants, and innovation.
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They have great depth in work-based strategies for both ex-offenders and TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) recipients, and developing expertise in youth-focused programs. They have strong ties to local programs across the nation as well as state policymakers in some regions.

Areas for Improvement

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My one thought is that they could expand and grow their staff.
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They could improve with more funding for technical assistance and to document successful implementation.
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NTJN needs to expand its capacity in order to take advantage of a myriad of new opportunities arising from recent changes in federal and state policies.
The Working Poor Families Project (3 recommendations) They are a multi-state collaborative focused on increasing access to workforce services at the state level, including advancing policy changes across over 20 states to make that happen. Their coordination has spurred policy reforms and increased funding for workforce development over the past decade.
The Working Poor Families Project

http://www.workingpoorfamilies.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They are a multi-state collaborative focused on increasing access to workforce services at the state level, including advancing policy changes across over 20 states to make that happen. Their coordination has spurred policy reforms and increased funding for workforce development over the past decade.
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The Working Poor Families Project works with nonprofits in states across the country to help them do research on the needs of low-income families, most specifically as they relate to workforce development. This Project has been instrumental in moving my organization further into workforce development and has provided information that is a stepping stone nationwide.
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They built a network of community-based advocates for workforce quality for low-income adults; they put focus on low-income adults and their prospects and made that more central in the field.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership has been consistent over the past decade as well, with a laser focus on low-income working adults and access to education and training, as well as program design.
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The members of the project are one of its strengths; they have knowledge of workforce development that is both broad and deep, but specific to their state. Also, the ability to continue working with new states, broadening the message of the project, is a strength for the organization.
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Their strengths are their media, communications, distributed staffing, sound use of consultants, and visibility for small resources.

Areas for Improvement

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They could probably improve with a better presence in social media outlets.
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The project could give more relevance to the need for work supports while families are moving towards education, and it could broaden their definition of working poor, which currently is 200% of the federal poverty level.
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They have limited ability to move from advocacy to real clout in cities and states where they have strong affiliated organizations. Their leadership is competitive with others for little reason or benefit.
Youthbuild USA (3 recommendations) They make impact through replication at scale in more than 200 cities and impressive outcomes from program data while working with very hard-to-employ populations. There is random assignment evaluation underway.
Youthbuild USA
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http://www.youthbuild.org/site/c.htIRI3PIKoG/b.1223921/k.BD3C/Home.htm

Evidence of Impact

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They make impact through replication at scale in more than 200 cities and impressive outcomes from program data while working with very hard-to-employ populations. There is random assignment evaluation underway.
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Youthbuild has a full-service model that addresses the multiple areas of a youth's life that must improve in order for them to succeed. However, they do this by focusing on the positive attributes that youth naturally possess.
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Their impact is their to train disconnected, minority youth.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization has a very strong commitment to program improvement within its affiliated network, accompanied by in-depth training and technical assistance offerings for the field. They have an unparalleled focus on and investment in youth leadership development.
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They have visionary leadership, great branding, good partnerships, and excellent advocacy.
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They have exemplary leadership, advocacy, flexibility, and adaptability.

Areas for Improvement

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They need greater resources and capacity for infrastructure development within the national organization, which typically requires unrestricted funds as opposed to program contracts or project grants.
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Other than improved funding, I don't have the insight to answer this question.
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They could improve their placement and educational attainment.
American Association Of Community Colleges (2 recommendations) Their impact is through their national focus on cutting edge workforce development strategies.
American Association Of Community Colleges
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http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Pages/default.aspx

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is through their national focus on cutting edge workforce development strategies.
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They have facilitated an increased community college workforce credentialing movement.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their key national leadership role.
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Their strengths are their reach, visibility, mission, inclusion, and advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve partnerships with K-12 and 4-year university systems.
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They could improve with increased gathering best practices and by developing collaborative pilot programs, and by increasing systematic scale up.
Center for Occupational Research and Development Inc (2 recommendations) CORD's efforts to raise the awareness of both secondary and postsecondary educators on the value of career pathways to American students have been significant. The organization has built from its strong career and technical foundation and promoted the practical educational strategies inherent within workforce development programs.
Center for Occupational Research and Development Inc

http://www.cord.org/

Evidence of Impact

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CORD's efforts to raise the awareness of both secondary and postsecondary educators on the value of career pathways to American students have been significant. The organization has built from its strong career and technical foundation and promoted the practical educational strategies inherent within workforce development programs.
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They have impact through their national career pathways network, adult career pathways, and collaborative outreach.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a strong, well-respected leader. CORD reaches a very diverse and broad range of educational stakeholders, who by the very nature of their work are keenly focused on workforce development. CORD is fiscally sound, particularly for a relatively small nonprofit organization.
O
Their strengths are their research, materials, collaboration, willingness to share information, depth of knowledge, and senior leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
Additional marketing and "on the ground" staffing would allow the organization to more effectively share its expertise and lessons learned in the area of career pathways and career and technical education to the greater benefit of the larger workforce community.
O
They could improve with increased awareness of projects, additional capacity of staff, and increased partnering with other nonprofit organizations.
Community College Research Center (2 recommendations) They are in the middle of all the good research and evaluative work occurring around developmental education.
Community College Research Center

http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are in the middle of all the good research and evaluative work occurring around developmental education.
N
They have impact on promoting the role of community colleges in workforce development.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have extremely capable staff and leadership.
N
They have strong research capacity.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their capacity to share the results with policy makers.
Connectinc (2 recommendations) They vastly improve information about workforce and other services for the unemployed, former TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) participants, etc. in North Carolina. They serve tens of thousands at a time via a call center in a rural part of the state, working in partnership with government agencies, but adding a great deal of value beyond that. They are currently working with MDC to bring the Benefit Bank to NC. They also sold their software to some other states to help them achieve similar impacts.
Connectinc

http://www.connectinc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They vastly improve information about workforce and other services for the unemployed, former TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) participants, etc. in North Carolina. They serve tens of thousands at a time via a call center in a rural part of the state, working in partnership with government agencies, but adding a great deal of value beyond that. They are currently working with MDC to bring the Benefit Bank to NC. They also sold their software to some other states to help them achieve similar impacts.
F
I have seen the numbers of how many people Connect Inc. connects to jobs. What's really impressive is how Connect Inc. uses technology and well-trained staff to also coach clients and help them also access necessary supportive services, such as childcare or transportation, so that they can retain employment.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their first strength is their ability to convey complicated government programs simply and help people access programs that are usually siloed and unconnected. For example, they walk individuals through filling out a 17-page Health Coverage Tax Credit application related to the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Their second strength is their ability to overcome geographic and transportation challenges with the use of phone-based services and a sophisticated database and geographic information system. Their third strength is their accountability; they have the ability to capture individual units of service, do follow-up (as a contractor for WIA (Workforce Investment Act) follow-up with multiple local workforce investment board areas), and report outcomes.
F
Their strength is their leadership; Director Jackie Savage is a spark plug and energizer bunny. She comes up with great ideas and never seems to run out of energy! Another strength is technology; I was among early naysayers who approached with skepticism the idea of a social service support network delivered primarily over the phone. Jackie and the staff at Connect Inc. proved me wrong. The technology platform also enables them to collect and use data better than many other nonprofits.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could apply their current services to JobLink services to pioneer a truly virtual JobLink (one stop career center). They are available for every opportunity; they may need to decide to which projects to say “no,” unless being able to say "yes" is part of the branding and what this organization wants to promote.
F
As Connect Inc. has deepened its work, it is at a point that it is working on making sure clients served are not just getting a job, but also are getting a job that pays a living wage or is on a pathway that will lead to a living wage. I think they see how their work has evolved, but two areas for improvement are both the focus first on living-income jobs and also getting clear about the career pathway and coaching for clients so that in the long-term, incomes provide economic self-sufficiency.
Economic Policy Institute (2 recommendations) Their impact is through research and their publication "The State of Working America."
Economic Policy Institute
Silver-small

http://www.epi.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is through research and their publication "The State of Working America."
R
They have impact on public policy regarding the recession.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are respected and respectable.
R
Their strength is communications.
Institute for Latino Progress (2 recommendations) Institute for Latino Progress developed training programs for those with limited English proficiency that increased workplace skills level, leading to employment in demand fields and moving people from public dependency to self sufficiency.
Institute for Latino Progress
Silver-small

http://www.idpl.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Institute for Latino Progress developed training programs for those with limited English proficiency that increased workplace skills level, leading to employment in demand fields and moving people from public dependency to self sufficiency.
N
They have deep inroads in to unemployment and to stop exploitation in the Latino community through sectoral training, bridge programs, and use of publicly subsidized jobs.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a dedicated staff and strong leadership.
N
Their leadership is strong and recognized in the immigrant community, and their operations are outcome focused and serve the dual customer base well.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with more funding and greater organizational stability.
League 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund (2 recommendations) They develop programs that respond to specific needs of both labor and management partners in their sector based on careful needs analyses and have therefore been able to educate and train workers to meet skill gaps in the health industry.
League 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund

http://www.1199nbf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They develop programs that respond to specific needs of both labor and management partners in their sector based on careful needs analyses and have therefore been able to educate and train workers to meet skill gaps in the health industry.
O
1199 SEIU Training and Employment Funds is one of the best labor-management partnerships engaged in workforce development. As such, 1199 SEIU leverages considerable private sector resources for skill and career development.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have staff that is skilled and knowledgeable in various arenas, such as labor-management, partnership building, education, training, and curriculum development. They also combine funds from collective bargaining with grant funds for maximum effect.
O
They are well-resourced and have a competent, dedicated staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could allow local areas more flexibility in operations. They could broaden the models and practices they develop.
O
Broadening scope of activities to include workers and employers that are not currently part of the union is a big challenge. Philanthropic resources could greatly assist with this needed expansion.
MDC (2 recommendations) I have heard presentations about MDC's work in other states, but I know first-hand more about the parts of the projects with which I have been engaged as a funder. In North Carolina, MDC leads the Latino Pathways Project that built career pathways in two urban centers by building partnerships between employers, support organizations, and community colleges.
MDC
Silver-small

http://www.mdcinc.org/home/

Evidence of Impact

F
I have heard presentations about MDC's work in other states, but I know first-hand more about the parts of the projects with which I have been engaged as a funder. In North Carolina, MDC leads the Latino Pathways Project that built career pathways in two urban centers by building partnerships between employers, support organizations, and community colleges.
F
They have impact through Benefit Bank creation and replication across multiple states, helping low to moderate income individuals benefit from federal and state tax benefits and programs.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strength is their relevance; MDC stays on the cutting edge of issues and looks for ways to help many disadvantaged people with both direct support and systems-building cutting-edge efforts. Another strength is leadership; they have a strong director and staff. They are getting stronger with intentional leadership looking at operational development.
F
They have partnered with strong organizations and played a strong leadership role to gain attention across multiple states, while working one state at a time.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve their speed; MDC's pace is deliberate. What might it take to pick up the pace a little? They could improve their impact story-telling; I know the group takes time to evaluate it's work, but I find it hard to get the information easily about the range of work (successes and failures) in which the group has been involved over time. This might be termed a communications issue.
F
The name of the project could be improved. Also, the income boosting side of this could be combined with asset development, etc. to make it even stronger.
MDRC (2 recommendations) They have significant policy impact growing out of decades of research and in such areas as welfare-to-work, employment retention and advancement, work incentives, transitional employment, and subsidized work.
MDRC
Silver-small

http://www.mdrc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have significant policy impact growing out of decades of research and in such areas as welfare-to-work, employment retention and advancement, work incentives, transitional employment, and subsidized work.
N
They do quality research of a rigorous nature. Their impact on public policy debates has been huge. They have helped focus attention on community colleges and workforce role and on the need to support organizations and entities that combine benefits information and promotion with workforce development information and referral etc.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong methodological capacity to undertake randomized controlled trials in the employment area. They have nationally recognized leadership in policy research and experience working in most states, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
N
Their strengths are their leadership, staff quality, depth of knowledge, and their experience influencing federal and state policy debates through quality research.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need greater appreciation for projects that do not lend themselves to randomized controlled trials, but need rigorous evaluation nonetheless.
N
They could improve with flexibility needed in support for non-experimental research, i.e., flexibility and nimbleness in pursuing new areas of research and policy.
Per Scholas (2 recommendations) They have impact with their PPV (Private and Public Ventures) study of impacts on earnings.
Per Scholas
Bronze-small

http://www.perscholas.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact with their PPV (Private and Public Ventures) study of impacts on earnings.
N
They have impact with their PPV (Private and Public Ventures) study.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership, program quality, and commitment.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with a better mix of public funding.
Project Arriba Advanced Retraining and Redev (2 recommendations) They have an impact through their clear-eyed, unromantic ability to assess the workforce needs of El Paso constituents and help them stay on a path to meaningful employment. Additionally they have a strong use of data and unusually good follow-up with participants.
Project Arriba Advanced Retraining and Redev

http://www.projectarriba.org/whats_new.php

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an impact through their clear-eyed, unromantic ability to assess the workforce needs of El Paso constituents and help them stay on a path to meaningful employment. Additionally they have a strong use of data and unusually good follow-up with participants.
N
Project ARRIBA supports the success of working poor adult community college students in a region with one of the lowest higher education graduation rates in the state.

Organizational Strengths

N
Again, one strength is their use of data. They also have a strong knowledge of local population. My sense of Project ARRIBA is that they can push back against trendiness because they know who lives in their city and what educational and vocational needs they have. This is important for nonprofits in order to make sure they are not sold a bill of goods as far as training that would be good for them to provide (which might turn out to be a big waste).
N
Project ARRIBA benefits from a strong board of directors representing a community-based organization, the El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization (EPISO), and business leaders with statewide influence.

Areas for Improvement

N
I am not sure that Project ARRIBA is as well-connected to national organizations, such as Public and Private Ventures, MDRC, and other policy and research organizations that could help them take their thinking and their story to another level.
N
Project ARRIBA is just now reaching out to the high ESL (English as a Second Language) need populations of El Paso.
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development (2 recommendations) Their research and consulting work in New Jersey and New York has affected policy and program design.
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

http://www.heldrich.rutgers.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their research and consulting work in New Jersey and New York has affected policy and program design.
R
The Heldrich Center has made a profound contribution to disability employment policy and research.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have high quality applied research and consulting that is not advocacy.
R
The organization has strong leadership and knowledgeable staff.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could do more to disseminate their work.
R
The Heldrich Center could produce more original, long-term research that advances the workforce field.
ACT (1 recommendation) They have impact with their WorkKeys and NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate). They have the potential to drive a national shift in quality of workforce alignment and assessment aligned to shortening employee orientation and improving retention.
ACT

http://www.act.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact with their WorkKeys and NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate). They have the potential to drive a national shift in quality of workforce alignment and assessment aligned to shortening employee orientation and improving retention.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their quality of materials, reputation, and national reach.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve their marketing, training, partnering support, leadership, and mid-management consistency.
AED Social and Educational Development Fund (1 recommendation) While AED is a multi-national, multi-sector nonprofit, the area in which this respondent has the most familiarity is education, specifically career and technical education (CTE). AED has managed many multi-state projects dealing with CTE data and accountability issues, programs of study, and green jobs. Their work within the wider CTE community is well known. Their ability to conduct small and big projects over a short period of time is well known.
AED Social and Educational Development Fund

http://scs.aed.org/projects/youth.html

Evidence of Impact

R
While AED is a multi-national, multi-sector nonprofit, the area in which this respondent has the most familiarity is education, specifically career and technical education (CTE). AED has managed many multi-state projects dealing with CTE data and accountability issues, programs of study, and green jobs. Their work within the wider CTE community is well known. Their ability to conduct small and big projects over a short period of time is well known.

Organizational Strengths

R
This respondent has dealt with a variety of AED staff and has come away invigorated by their depth of knowledge, ability to be flexible, and ability to be quick to respond to the changing political and policy environments. The staff has a variety of skills to deal with a multitude of issues and provide useful solutions applicable at state and local levels.
Alliance For Excellent Education (1 recommendation) This organization has raised profile of the dropout issue and its implications for the workforce.
Alliance For Excellent Education

http://www.all4ed.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization has raised profile of the dropout issue and its implications for the workforce.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership, excellent press, and public relation operations.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could strengthen focus on workforce and the need to reform education to provide for the workforce of the 21st century.
AmeriCorps (1 recommendation) Based on personal experience working with AmeriCorps, their volunteers are making a difference in the lives of people impacted by Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
AmeriCorps

http://www.americorps.gov/

Evidence of Impact

N
Based on personal experience working with AmeriCorps, their volunteers are making a difference in the lives of people impacted by Katrina on the Gulf Coast.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization provides opportunities for young people to gain job skills.
Annie E Casey Foundation (1 recommendation) Their strengths are their national leadership and research in workforce policy and program issues.
Annie E Casey Foundation

http://www.aecf.org/

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their national leadership and research in workforce policy and program issues.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve by connecting more with local and state workforce and government agencies.
Association House of Chicago (1 recommendation) AHC has been serving the West Town community of Chicago for over 110 years, providing mental health and workforce development programs.
Association House of Chicago
Silver-small

http://www.associationhouse.org/Main/Main.html

Evidence of Impact

N
AHC has been serving the West Town community of Chicago for over 110 years, providing mental health and workforce development programs.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their mayor strength is the experience they have by serving the same community for over 110 year, demonstrating a high level of leadership and impact in the community.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their funding; fundraising needs to be improved.
Association for Enterprise Opportunity (1 recommendation) AEO is a national organization that directly trains, advocates for, and secures resources for organizations training in microenterprise and doing microloans.
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Silver-small

http://aeoworks.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
AEO is a national organization that directly trains, advocates for, and secures resources for organizations training in microenterprise and doing microloans.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong CEO.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by getting better funded so they can grow.
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare Inc (1 recommendation) This nonprofit has developed a network of healthcare employers in the Baltimore area that has focused its efforts on coming together to offer career coaching to incumbent workers, develop transparent career maps, and harness the energies of local community colleges to develop manageable and realistic steps for incumbent workers to move up the career lattice.
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare Inc

http://www.baltimorealliance.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This nonprofit has developed a network of healthcare employers in the Baltimore area that has focused its efforts on coming together to offer career coaching to incumbent workers, develop transparent career maps, and harness the energies of local community colleges to develop manageable and realistic steps for incumbent workers to move up the career lattice.

Organizational Strengths

R
The executive director of this nonprofit is very capable. He brings together knowledge of education and education administration, and he works hard to bring solutions so that employers can see why they should invest in BACH solutions. Second, they have a dynamic board, which includes the top hospitals in Baltimore, key workforce interests, and city government.

Areas for Improvement

R
BACH is still administratively small; it is difficult for them to pull together enough resources to expand their staff to make workloads more manageable for those committed to the cause.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (1 recommendation) The Gates Foundation, through the efforts of the MDC Inc. and the Lumina Foundation, will help to sustain and expand the progress realized through the innovative practices resulting from Achieving the Dream, particularly in the area of developmental education. The Connecticut system is one of five states in the nation to receive a three-year grant. The Developmental Education Initiative works to accelerate similar innovative programs throughout the system of community colleges.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx

Evidence of Impact

N
The Gates Foundation, through the efforts of the MDC Inc. and the Lumina Foundation, will help to sustain and expand the progress realized through the innovative practices resulting from Achieving the Dream, particularly in the area of developmental education. The Connecticut system is one of five states in the nation to receive a three-year grant. The Developmental Education Initiative works to accelerate similar innovative programs throughout the system of community colleges.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership and staffing of this organization are very helpful to setting the goals, working alongside its diverse partners with many diverse needs, and understanding the role of academia and the timing of efforts to be successful while at the same time continuing the push to move things forward and keep momentum for a critically important project.

Areas for Improvement

N
Resources, even for these incredible efforts, may not always be available for all community colleges or partners. The efforts of the Developmental Education Initiative to support student success in developmental education was one of four areas identified at the starting point of the Achieving the Dream Initiative in Connecticut, at both the college and system levels, as having the greatest potential to realize the initiative’s goal to improve outcomes for academically and economically disadvantaged students. The Community Colleges began to explore data on student outcomes, including developmental education outcomes, within the earliest days of their planning projects. All efforts to do so will need resources, and while the grant efforts are leading our efforts to support this work, it may be difficult to find state resources to support these efforts during a difficult time.
California Human Development Corp (1 recommendation) They have an impact with their work in placing low-wage workers and Hispanics in training and employment. These efforts have resulted in farm workers having jobs at living wages, having portable marketable skills, and having their education improved as a core of the training.
California Human Development Corp

http://www.chdcorp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an impact with their work in placing low-wage workers and Hispanics in training and employment. These efforts have resulted in farm workers having jobs at living wages, having portable marketable skills, and having their education improved as a core of the training.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great leadership and a strong board of directors.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their consistency in all things.
Capital Investing in Development and Employment of Adults (1 recommendation) Capital IDEA has been successful in moving low-income individuals into high-wage, high-demand occupations by supporting post secondary education in fields. They were also instrumental in introducing and implementing at the community college an alternative to semester-based remediation to a more structured, accelerated development program.
Capital Investing in Development and Employment of Adults
Gold-small

http://www.capitalidea.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Capital IDEA has been successful in moving low-income individuals into high-wage, high-demand occupations by supporting post secondary education in fields. They were also instrumental in introducing and implementing at the community college an alternative to semester-based remediation to a more structured, accelerated development program.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their community support, strong board and leadership, and dedicated staff.
Catholic Charities USA (1 recommendation) They have a strong commitment (locally) to serving homeless singles and families. They also are strong collaborators who effectively utilize the strengths of other organizations to forward service delivery. Additionally, they have a wide array of services internally and have developed strong expertise, but they balance that with partnerships that compliment the mission.
Catholic Charities USA
Silver-small

http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1174

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a strong commitment (locally) to serving homeless singles and families. They also are strong collaborators who effectively utilize the strengths of other organizations to forward service delivery. Additionally, they have a wide array of services internally and have developed strong expertise, but they balance that with partnerships that compliment the mission.

Organizational Strengths

F
The staff is tremendously committed and (locally) has demonstrated expertise and understanding of the complexity of issues facing high-barrier job seekers. Another strength is their operations; they are effective in developing formalized partnerships despite their size.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve with further integration of services offered internally and with an understanding of market need and how to access and address employer needs.
Center for Community Change (1 recommendation) They have impact through the engagement of grassroots people on workforce issues.
Center for Community Change
Silver-small

http://www.communitychange.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through the engagement of grassroots people on workforce issues.

Organizational Strengths

R
They understand how to mobilize people.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve by partnering with higher education institutions.
Center for Energy Workforce Development (1 recommendation) They have impact through the ability to bring senior business leadership to the table. Their sole mission, to eliminate the energy skill shortage, is so focused. They do not have any full-time employees, instead all are on contract, and so the cost is low.
Center for Energy Workforce Development

http://www.cewd.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have impact through the ability to bring senior business leadership to the table. Their sole mission, to eliminate the energy skill shortage, is so focused. They do not have any full-time employees, instead all are on contract, and so the cost is low.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong leadership and funding and don't have high overhead.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need some communications support and should get a speakers bureau lined up.
Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University (1 recommendation) They have impact with their important research on the fiscal impact of education and workforce skills.
Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University

http://www.clms.neu.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact with their important research on the fiscal impact of education and workforce skills.

Organizational Strengths

R
Andrew Sum and his staff do fine work; they are highly regarded.
Center for Regional Economic and Workforce Analysis, Penn State University (1 recommendation) The Penn State Center for Economic and Workforce Analysis (CREWA) is part of outreach and Penn State; it assists many statewide and nationally in analyzing the potential impact of their economic and workforce decisions. By combing disparate data elements in ways usually not done, even by national firms specializing in this area, it provides workforce development practitioners with a level of strategic and informed decision-making not seen in any other locale.
Center for Regional Economic and Workforce Analysis, Penn State University

http://oewd.psu.edu/default-WhatWeDo.asp

Evidence of Impact

N
The Penn State Center for Economic and Workforce Analysis (CREWA) is part of outreach and Penn State; it assists many statewide and nationally in analyzing the potential impact of their economic and workforce decisions. By combing disparate data elements in ways usually not done, even by national firms specializing in this area, it provides workforce development practitioners with a level of strategic and informed decision-making not seen in any other locale.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization, http://wedi.psu.edu/joomla15/, provides incredible data analysis and forecasting in a way that many can understand, so that professionals can make the proper decisions in an informed manner.

Areas for Improvement

N
The university characteristically and recently has downgraded their support, which may impact their success. An area of improvement would be to provide more regional support and assistance in addition to statewide emphasis.
Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University (1 recommendation) Their innovative work on worker re-entry from incarceration, their work on evaluation of pilot projects, and their willingness to work collaboratively show great impact. Their working closely with national policy makers and others are very helpful and well known in the industry.
Center for Women and Work, Rutgers University

http://www.cww.rutgers.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their innovative work on worker re-entry from incarceration, their work on evaluation of pilot projects, and their willingness to work collaboratively show great impact. Their working closely with national policy makers and others are very helpful and well known in the industry.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership and staff show a willingness to work closely with many partners, thereby expanding their impact and leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by establishing more collaborative relations with others of their kind. They bridge the world of academia to the real world very effectively.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (1 recommendation) They have impact with their Sifting Gears program in the Midwest.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

http://www.mott.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact with their Sifting Gears program in the Midwest.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership in advancing innovative workforce ideas; they bridge programs in Illinois.
Civic Ventures (1 recommendation) They have focused on older workers regarding both work and volunteer activities, and they have made an impact on both policy and the practices of employers and higher education.
Civic Ventures
Silver-small

http://www.civicventures.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have focused on older workers regarding both work and volunteer activities, and they have made an impact on both policy and the practices of employers and higher education.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great publishing and marketing operations and a very bright staff with good follow-through.
Commonwealth Corporation (1 recommendation) As a quasi-public organization in Massachusetts responsible for workforce development management and implementation, CommCorp integrates strategy with outcomes and evaluation better than any organization I know. Their commitment to sector strategies, where local education and training providers connect directly with industry to design and implement training is unmatched anywhere in the country.
Commonwealth Corporation

http://www.commcorp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
As a quasi-public organization in Massachusetts responsible for workforce development management and implementation, CommCorp integrates strategy with outcomes and evaluation better than any organization I know. Their commitment to sector strategies, where local education and training providers connect directly with industry to design and implement training is unmatched anywhere in the country.
Corporate Voices for Working Famlies (1 recommendation) They make impact in their ability to get committed senior business leadership to the table and nurture the relationships.
Corporate Voices for Working Famlies

http://corporatevoices.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They make impact in their ability to get committed senior business leadership to the table and nurture the relationships.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strength is their leadership; they run like a business. They have smart staffing, don’t suck up the resources, and have the ability to partner effectively.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve with more capacity so they can work at a faster pace!
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (1 recommendation) They have impact through their ability to identify cores strengths, policies, and practices for workplace-based learning strategies that develop workers.
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy

http://www.caalusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their ability to identify cores strengths, policies, and practices for workplace-based learning strategies that develop workers.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their research in the area of workplace-based learning.
District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund (1 recommendation) Established in 1974, The District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund provides services to workers, community members, and employers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It has a national reputation as a model joint labor-management partnership in education. The Training and Upgrading Fund has developed highly effective collaborations, bringing together a wide range of public programs, private sector firms, and private industry dollars to help solve healthcare workforce challenges. It uses WIA Title I funds to train workers, WIA Title II funds to teach workers reading writing and math skills needed in the workplace, and TANF dollars to help low income women get on a career path. It works with local universities and local employers to help healthcare workers get time off to attend specially designed credit-bearing programs that lead to college degrees. It also works with youth to interest them in health careers and with incumbent workers already in the industry who are looking for new options for advancement. The Training and Upgrading Fund’s Learning Center provides basic and job skills training to over 2,000 students per year. About half of the students are union members and half are community residents, including laid-off workers and welfare recipients. Through its Jobs to Careers project, behavioral health workers developed competencies, qualifying them for 21 college credits and wage increases and/or promotions. Its Connecting Literacy to Work project has produced dramatic results; in just 10-12 weeks, participants testing below the 7th-grade level in both reading and math made average gains of 2.5 grade levels. The Training and Upgrading Fund has also brought about innovations repeatedly, such as a mentorship training program for direct-care workers (each graduate mentors 4 other direct-care workers in nursing homes, a home care agency, or a mental health provider), and building career pathways that incorporate training and support services to advance low-skilled workers in “green” and healthcare jobs.
District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund

http://www.1199ctraining.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Established in 1974, The District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund provides services to workers, community members, and employers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It has a national reputation as a model joint labor-management partnership in education. The Training and Upgrading Fund has developed highly effective collaborations, bringing together a wide range of public programs, private sector firms, and private industry dollars to help solve healthcare workforce challenges. It uses WIA Title I funds to train workers, WIA Title II funds to teach workers reading writing and math skills needed in the workplace, and TANF dollars to help low income women get on a career path. It works with local universities and local employers to help healthcare workers get time off to attend specially designed credit-bearing programs that lead to college degrees. It also works with youth to interest them in health careers and with incumbent workers already in the industry who are looking for new options for advancement. The Training and Upgrading Fund’s Learning Center provides basic and job skills training to over 2,000 students per year. About half of the students are union members and half are community residents, including laid-off workers and welfare recipients. Through its Jobs to Careers project, behavioral health workers developed competencies, qualifying them for 21 college credits and wage increases and/or promotions. Its Connecting Literacy to Work project has produced dramatic results; in just 10-12 weeks, participants testing below the 7th-grade level in both reading and math made average gains of 2.5 grade levels. The Training and Upgrading Fund has also brought about innovations repeatedly, such as a mentorship training program for direct-care workers (each graduate mentors 4 other direct-care workers in nursing homes, a home care agency, or a mental health provider), and building career pathways that incorporate training and support services to advance low-skilled workers in “green” and healthcare jobs.

Organizational Strengths

R
The Training and Upgrading Fund has visionary and collaborative leadership that makes it possible for it to partner successfully with a wide range of stakeholders. It successfully connects skill development that benefits workers and employers and empowerment of workers and members of low-income communities.

Areas for Improvement

R
District 1199c Training and Upgrading Fund could use assistance in its efforts to move program participants up career paths to better jobs, connect occupational skill training and adult literacy, and support employers to make their workplaces environments that support learning.
Doe Fund (1 recommendation) They have impact with their broad based approach to developing self-sufficiency and long-term workforce engagement to homeless, often formerly incarcerated individuals.
Doe Fund
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http://www.doe.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact with their broad based approach to developing self-sufficiency and long-term workforce engagement to homeless, often formerly incarcerated individuals.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization evaluates its programs by doing comparative impact studies to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. They specifically focus on long-term case management for their enrollees and provide a holistic approach to help clients achieve self-sufficiency.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with better emphasis on basic ABE (adult basic education) and middle skills training for enrollees and with focus on quality rather than quantity of jobseekers.
Dress for Success (1 recommendation) Their work is focused around women. By providing women support and training, Dress for Success empowers them to find meaningful employment, improve their relationships with their children, and think about educational opportunities.
Dress for Success
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http://www.dressforsuccess.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their work is focused around women. By providing women support and training, Dress for Success empowers them to find meaningful employment, improve their relationships with their children, and think about educational opportunities.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong women leadership and great structure to operate effectively.

Areas for Improvement

N
The way they market themselves could be better. They are a great organization and need even more exposure.
EARN (Earned Asset Resource Network) (1 recommendation) This organization helps low-income individuals set up IDA (individual development) accounts and develop the ability to save.
EARN (Earned Asset Resource Network)
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http://www.earn.org/site/index.php

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization helps low-income individuals set up IDA (individual development) accounts and develop the ability to save.
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corp (1 recommendation) This employer has worked extensively with Bunker Hill Community College to reduce educational barriers for all of their workers in this neighborhood clinic. They have developed several career paths including that of a translator, which is a key area of need for their very diverse community in East Boston.
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corp

http://www.ebnhc.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This employer has worked extensively with Bunker Hill Community College to reduce educational barriers for all of their workers in this neighborhood clinic. They have developed several career paths including that of a translator, which is a key area of need for their very diverse community in East Boston.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength lies in the culture of their organization led by their CEO and implemented by the administrative staff. Their willingness to invest in the education of their workers is remarkable and the pervasiveness of the learning culture in their organization is impressive.

Areas for Improvement

R
Like most non-profits, they often rely on soft money. They have a lot of programs worth additional funding.
Economic Mobility Corporation (1 recommendation) This is a newer organization with immediate impact on retention and advancement issues. Their impact is also in the area of job mobility, and additional impact is on employment strategies for returning wounded soldiers under its "Wounded Warriors" program.
Economic Mobility Corporation

http://economicmobilitycorp.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This is a newer organization with immediate impact on retention and advancement issues. Their impact is also in the area of job mobility, and additional impact is on employment strategies for returning wounded soldiers under its "Wounded Warriors" program.

Organizational Strengths

F
This is a small organization with recognized leadership in the workforce development field. They are good at technical assistance, building performance monitoring capacities, and program evaluation.

Areas for Improvement

F
This is a small and nimble organization with experienced senior leadership, but it will need time to mature as an organization in order to have larger policy impact.
El Barrio (1 recommendation) They have a great program model that is not only innovative but also inclusive of all the stakeholders of the program. They work really well with employer and industry partners to train people as customer service representatives.
El Barrio

http://www.nhlink.net/ClevelandNeighborhoods/detroit_shoreway/elbar/elbarrio.htm

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a great program model that is not only innovative but also inclusive of all the stakeholders of the program. They work really well with employer and industry partners to train people as customer service representatives.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strength is their innovative program model, i.e., integrating industry in job-training program. Additional strengths are their leadership and visionary staff.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could strengthen their relationship with community colleges.
Emergy Community Development (1 recommendation) They have impact with significant (thousands) of quality placements for low-income residents and major contributions to the physical and economic landscape of a low-income neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Emergy Community Development
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http://www.emerge-mn.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact with significant (thousands) of quality placements for low-income residents and major contributions to the physical and economic landscape of a low-income neighborhood in Minneapolis.

Organizational Strengths

O
I see very strong, albeit sometimes quiet, leadership in this organization. I also see them making good effort to diversify their funding base and generate revenue through specific business efforts. They have a long-term vision and are clearly committed to a long-term outcome for the neighborhood and its residents.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve with stronger communication among staff within the organization. Also, a stronger presence outside the neighborhood (across the region) would benefit the organization. They are doing work in multiple places, but it is not often acknowledged.
Experience Works (1 recommendation) They provide support, training, and the dignity of work to thousands of seniors nationwide.
Experience Works
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http://www.experienceworks.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

F
They provide support, training, and the dignity of work to thousands of seniors nationwide.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong national leadership, a clear vision, and extremely effective grassroots community linkages.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are sometimes a little inflexible.
Families and Work Institute (1 recommendation) They have impact on private sector policies about work-life issues.
Families and Work Institute

http://www.familiesandwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact on private sector policies about work-life issues.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership and communications of results.
Fortune Society (1 recommendation) Fortune works with re-entry people and impacts in a really positive way the lives of people that were formerly incarcerated.
Fortune Society
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http://fortunesociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Fortune works with re-entry people and impacts in a really positive way the lives of people that were formerly incarcerated.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their operations are impressive. They deliver great services and creative solutions for ex-offenders.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their exposure; they should expand their reach to the entire country and even abroad.
Friendly House (1 recommendation) They have a very strong case management program model that ensures everyone walking through their doors is served adequately. For their strong case management skills, they have received numerous grants from the state, county, and city offices of workforce development.
Friendly House

http://www.friendlyhouseinc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a very strong case management program model that ensures everyone walking through their doors is served adequately. For their strong case management skills, they have received numerous grants from the state, county, and city offices of workforce development.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have visionary leadership of the director of workforce development and a well trained staff that provides case management.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve by strengthening their workforce development capacity and programs and establishing stronger employer relationships.
Gateway to College National Network (1 recommendation) The network is replicating a model that re-connects high school dropouts to education and puts them on a pathway to a college degree. The model, unlike most programs, is sustainable because it taps into the K-12 funding streams, even though students are served entirely at the community college.
Gateway to College National Network
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http://www.gatewaytocollege.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The network is replicating a model that re-connects high school dropouts to education and puts them on a pathway to a college degree. The model, unlike most programs, is sustainable because it taps into the K-12 funding streams, even though students are served entirely at the community college.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have outstanding leadership and staff, are well funded by several foundations, have good data and tracking across all national sites, and have strong fiscal systems.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could begin to move into the mainstream of community colleges by applying their model to students who have graduated from high school but who are also unprepared for college level work.
Good Jobs First (1 recommendation) Their impact is the development of policy guidance to states and progressive organizations to impact labor market and economic development policy.
Good Jobs First

http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is the development of policy guidance to states and progressive organizations to impact labor market and economic development policy.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their greatest strength is the staff, in particular Greg LeRoy. He is able to assist progressive state-level organizations directly in specific policy development, bringing expertise and knowledge from other states.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with more resources; they need more Greg LeRoys.
Greater Louisville Inc. (1 recommendation) They have created the HIRE Education Forum, which convenes the educational institutions in the region on a regular frequency and the business community as advisors. They have a bi-state regional education agreement with stated goals.
Greater Louisville Inc.

http://www.greaterlouisville.com/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have created the HIRE Education Forum, which convenes the educational institutions in the region on a regular frequency and the business community as advisors. They have a bi-state regional education agreement with stated goals.

Organizational Strengths

F
They are a neutral convener with knowledgeable facilitators serving in collaborative roles. Strong education is a pillar of their mission.

Areas for Improvement

F
They keep everything internal and don’t partner well with national intermediaries. They are always looking for credit before the job is done; they need to be patient.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights (1 recommendation) The Heartland Alliance has played a major role in advancing transitional and subsidized employment strategies for low-income individuals.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
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http://www.heartlandalliance.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Heartland Alliance has played a major role in advancing transitional and subsidized employment strategies for low-income individuals.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization has knowledgeable staff and the ability to combine technical assistance with research capacity.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization could improve its national profile and communications presence.
Hispanic Federation (1 recommendation) HF is the northeast region’s umbrella organization for over 100 community-based organizations. It builds capacity for their membership.
Hispanic Federation

http://www.hispanicfederation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
HF is the northeast region’s umbrella organization for over 100 community-based organizations. It builds capacity for their membership.

Organizational Strengths

N
It has strong leadership and a strong network of members.

Areas for Improvement

N
It could focus on sector membership.
Hope Minestry (1 recommendation) They have impact through their attended workshops and studied mission.
Hope Minestry

http://www.hopeministry.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their attended workshops and studied mission.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership and mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with more funding and increased territory.
International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis (1 recommendation) This organization works with new immigrants to the St. Louis area. They help them find food, clothing, shelter, and jobs to help sustain them and their families. They work with local Workforce Investment Boards, educational institutions, and area businesses to find jobs for new arrivals to this country.
International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis
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http://www.iistl.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization works with new immigrants to the St. Louis area. They help them find food, clothing, shelter, and jobs to help sustain them and their families. They work with local Workforce Investment Boards, educational institutions, and area businesses to find jobs for new arrivals to this country.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong leadership with a proven track record. They also have good marketing and public relations through annual community festivals to educate and entertain the public regarding different cultures and customs of their clients. Thousands attend these festivals.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve in the areas of further marketing their clients who need jobs to local businesses. Marketing materials and additional technology to promote clients would be an asset.
JobPath (1 recommendation) JobPath supports working poor adults to succeed in the community college on the Project QUEST model and will be helping spread its strategy to Phoenix.
JobPath

http://www.jobpathnyc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
JobPath supports working poor adults to succeed in the community college on the Project QUEST model and will be helping spread its strategy to Phoenix.

Organizational Strengths

N
JobPath benefits from a good partnership with adult education programs at the community college, maximizing its ability to use limited resources.

Areas for Improvement

N
JobPath is working to support adult college students in the early degree credit stage of their development.
Joyce Foundation (1 recommendation) The Foundation has been instrumental is targeting a population (low-skilled adult workers) that, until recently, has not been widely discussed in policy circles. Moreover, the programmatic focus has been developing a career pathway, not necessarily job placement. Additionally, the Foundation stresses the use of data and information in making the policy case of why it is important to focus on low-skilled adult workers by ensuring the funded programs have a communication and media outreach to the highest levels of the policy decision-making.
Joyce Foundation
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http://www.joycefdn.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Foundation has been instrumental is targeting a population (low-skilled adult workers) that, until recently, has not been widely discussed in policy circles. Moreover, the programmatic focus has been developing a career pathway, not necessarily job placement. Additionally, the Foundation stresses the use of data and information in making the policy case of why it is important to focus on low-skilled adult workers by ensuring the funded programs have a communication and media outreach to the highest levels of the policy decision-making.

Organizational Strengths

R
The Foundation has capable leadership at different levels. This respondent, however, has had limited contact. Within that, the staff was responsive, easy to deal with, and prompt in answering many questions when this respondent was a grantee. Also, the staff has to be commended on effectively managing multiple states, a variety of consultants, and a diverse set of organizations.
Kiva Microfunds (1 recommendation) This organization drives significant transfer of wealth and education of lending communities by connecting individuals who have resources to make micro-loans with entrepreneurs who can utilize these microloans.
Kiva Microfunds
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http://www.kiva.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization drives significant transfer of wealth and education of lending communities by connecting individuals who have resources to make micro-loans with entrepreneurs who can utilize these microloans.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong technology platform, which will support growth of impact.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could clarify the role of intermediaries in local communities that provide connecting links between lenders and entrepreneurs.
League for Innovation in the Community College (1 recommendation) The League for Innovation has spearheaded important systemic changes at the national level among community colleges and with their partners the K-12 and 4-year college and university systems.
League for Innovation in the Community College

http://www.league.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The League for Innovation has spearheaded important systemic changes at the national level among community colleges and with their partners the K-12 and 4-year college and university systems.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership in implementing an aggressive research agenda and disseminating results throughout the country.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with continued refinement of its research agenda and analytic tools.
Louisiana Industries for the Disabled (1 recommendation) They do an outstanding job in placement of disabled clients.
Louisiana Industries for the Disabled

http://www.upliftd.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They do an outstanding job in placement of disabled clients.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership and staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their funding and cross training.
Lumina Foundation for Education Inc (1 recommendation) The Lumina Foundation, together with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, has funded an incredible project "Achieving the Dream" to expand opportunities for academic and career attainment for targeted student populations, specifically low-income students, students of color, first generation college goers, and other groups traditionally underserved in higher education. Receiving funding to support such an important population in our state by working to bring students through postsecondary education and stressing the importance of student success is having a huge positive impact on our student population.
Lumina Foundation for Education Inc

http://www.luminafoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Lumina Foundation, together with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, has funded an incredible project "Achieving the Dream" to expand opportunities for academic and career attainment for targeted student populations, specifically low-income students, students of color, first generation college goers, and other groups traditionally underserved in higher education. Receiving funding to support such an important population in our state by working to bring students through postsecondary education and stressing the importance of student success is having a huge positive impact on our student population.

Organizational Strengths

N
Through the national efforts of these entities, the leadership and organizational ability is evident as they successfully bring together a significant number of key community college partners and people from different states to work together to design approaches to support student success over a period of time. These organizations provide technical assistance and necessary resources to assist with reviewing, advising, and helping to support changes in public policy, at a time when no additional dollars are available at the state level for such support.

Areas for Improvement

N
Every nonprofit looks to make a long-term improvement in particular areas of focus. These entities do encourage and support continued partnerships, and unfortunately at some point resources will not be continued for these efforts. It is certainly hoped that sustainability for programs and services in support of student success will continue, and many organizations can assist in helping to define the longer term investment of what is needed, which organization or entity is available to provide it, and what level of technical assistance can support such future efforts, similar to strategic planning for long-term giving.
Maine Equal Justice Partners Inc (1 recommendation) MEJP has been the source of major workforce development reforms in Maine, which have been routinely featured in national advocacy. They have huge impact and credibility on the field for many years.
Maine Equal Justice Partners Inc

http://www.mejp.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
MEJP has been the source of major workforce development reforms in Maine, which have been routinely featured in national advocacy. They have huge impact and credibility on the field for many years.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have years of experience, which they share with national forums and other states, plus they are a great source of judgment and advice on a range of issues. Also, they bring together low-income and middle class economic issues.

Areas for Improvement

R
They have a small staff and could to more reports if it worked for their advocacy.
Mantec (1 recommendation) MANTEC works with manufacturing firms in south-central Pennsylvania to educate the workforce and assist with improving manufacturing processes, quality, and business efficiency. Many of the workforce development opportunities are provided on a no-fee basis for companies to help develop the companies and reduce expenses.
Mantec

http://www.mantec.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
MANTEC works with manufacturing firms in south-central Pennsylvania to educate the workforce and assist with improving manufacturing processes, quality, and business efficiency. Many of the workforce development opportunities are provided on a no-fee basis for companies to help develop the companies and reduce expenses.

Organizational Strengths

R
MANTEC is creative and timely with their programs and has an extensive network of consultants to support their mission.

Areas for Improvement

R
MANTEC could share more about their successes with others, even though the development of workforce personnel in other regions could impact the competitiveness of the region's manufacturing firms. They need to adopt the thinking of supporting other workforce development firms in addition to their own manufacturing firms.
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation (1 recommendation) MACDC has an economic development lens on workforce development issues and sees the issues within the context of local development. This is powerful and will become increasingly important as we move more and more toward a sustainable economy where local goods and services are needed.
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation
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http://www.macdc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
MACDC has an economic development lens on workforce development issues and sees the issues within the context of local development. This is powerful and will become increasingly important as we move more and more toward a sustainable economy where local goods and services are needed.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have excellent leadership and staffing at all levels, strong finances, excellent advocacy efforts, and a true connection with communities throughout the state. They are an excellent partner and mentor to other advocates.
Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (1 recommendation) MCAE is an excellent advocate for resources and practices that support adult education. They routinely get 1000+ people to the State House on their lobby day and have a great alert network.
Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education
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http://www.mcae.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
MCAE is an excellent advocate for resources and practices that support adult education. They routinely get 1000+ people to the State House on their lobby day and have a great alert network.

Organizational Strengths

N
MCAE has an extremely active board with deep knowledge of and commitment to the field.

Areas for Improvement

N
They also need more consistent funding and have just lost a big contract with the state. More staff time would be useful.
Mi Casa Resource Center for Women (1 recommendation) I think they have a great job-training program that they are starting up with the Pathways out of Poverty grant funding. They also have a visionary leader that has turned the organization around and is very impact and outcomes driven.
Mi Casa Resource Center for Women
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http://www.micasadenver.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
I think they have a great job-training program that they are starting up with the Pathways out of Poverty grant funding. They also have a visionary leader that has turned the organization around and is very impact and outcomes driven.

Organizational Strengths

F
I think they have a great job-training program that they are starting up with the Pathways out of Poverty grant funding. They also have a visionary leader that has turned the organization around. The director of programs is very strong and has a great vision for the program. The executive director of the organization has done a great job in turning the organization around and implementing high impact, outcome-driven programs and is very impact and outcome-driven.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve their financial management and the marketing of their organization outside of Colorado.
Motivation Education and Training (1 recommendation) They have impact through successful production across multiple states with a population subgroup, which is facing multiple barriers and for which English is not a first language. They attract people who are great, dedicated workers with an extremely strong work ethic.
Motivation Education and Training

http://www.metinc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through successful production across multiple states with a population subgroup, which is facing multiple barriers and for which English is not a first language. They attract people who are great, dedicated workers with an extremely strong work ethic.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have successful audits and their operations meet and exceed expectations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are evolving with a new CEO, and it has opened the organization up to a broader perspective.
Move the Mountain Leadership Center (1 recommendation) Although not a traditional workforce development nonprofit, so much of its success at work for unskilled, low-income, under-employed families is based on their ability to navigate benefits systems and gain additional training to move to livable wages and off public assistance. Move the Mountain lays that framework and in conjunction with the public workforce development efforts has proven successful at keeping the individual attached to the labor market and off the cash assistance rolls.
Move the Mountain Leadership Center
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http://www.movethemountain.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Although not a traditional workforce development nonprofit, so much of its success at work for unskilled, low-income, under-employed families is based on their ability to navigate benefits systems and gain additional training to move to livable wages and off public assistance. Move the Mountain lays that framework and in conjunction with the public workforce development efforts has proven successful at keeping the individual attached to the labor market and off the cash assistance rolls.

Organizational Strengths

N
Scott Miller at Move the Mountain is a visionary and has expanded Dr. Ruby Payne and Phil Devol's framework on understanding poverty and creating bridges to breaking that generational cycle. As we look at the emerging growth sectors in the US, the service industry, often times the starting point for entry level or low-wage workers is at the top of the list. If companies are to be successful, they will need to recruit and retain this population as the Baby Boomers retire and the labor market eventually tightens up. They have also been successful at building collaboration between the faith-based and community-based organizations and the public workforce development system.

Areas for Improvement

N
The challenge is moving from the charitable thing to do, to determining and demonstrating that their work is necessary for corporate citizens to ensure the social sustainability aspect of their companies. A second challenge is gaining efficiency in their delivery model. They have demonstrations in communities across the nation; however, until they refine the model to be cost effective, their success will be limited to those who engage with them because it is the right thing to do from a charitable view as apposed to the best thing to do from an effective workforce development point of view.
Mujeres Latinas En Accion (1 recommendation) For over 40 years this community based organization has been assisting the Latino and female community of Chicago in areas of domestic violence and women rights, especially to the immigrants coming to Chicago.
Mujeres Latinas En Accion
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http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
For over 40 years this community based organization has been assisting the Latino and female community of Chicago in areas of domestic violence and women rights, especially to the immigrants coming to Chicago.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have very strong leadership and committee staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
Funding and fundraising need improvement.
National Alliance for Partnership in Equity (1 recommendation) They have a national focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects, women, and men in non-traditional occupations.
National Alliance for Partnership in Equity

http://www.napequity.org/page.php?24

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a national focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects, women, and men in non-traditional occupations.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their leadership in important educational equity issues.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with greater involvement of K-12 and 4-year university partnering and collaboration.
National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (1 recommendation) They place low-income youth in skill-building placements and give them life-changing experience and often job placement.
National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
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http://www.nascc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They place low-income youth in skill-building placements and give them life-changing experience and often job placement.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and quite a bit of reach into the nonprofit sector. They have made inroads into significant federal funding, enabling them to expand.
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Inc (1 recommendation) This is the premiere national organization devoted to the professional growth of workforce development practitioners.
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Inc

http://www.nawdp.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=HomePage

Evidence of Impact

N
This is the premiere national organization devoted to the professional growth of workforce development practitioners.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their certification program is highly respected and valued within the workforce industry.

Areas for Improvement

N
NAWDP understands their mission and focus. They are serving very specific needs of their target audience and not trying to do or be more than is demanded by the workforce professional community. As long as they listen to their audience and react quickly to their needs, NAWDP will be doing all it can and should attempt to tackle.
National Center for Business Champions (1 recommendation) They build political will and engage stakeholders to support large-scale, systems change (particularly in community colleges). For example, this organization facilitated meetings between business leaders and the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Their work enabled the meetings to be very productive, resulting in a strong agenda for change.
National Center for Business Champions

http://businesschampions.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They build political will and engage stakeholders to support large-scale, systems change (particularly in community colleges). For example, this organization facilitated meetings between business leaders and the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Their work enabled the meetings to be very productive, resulting in a strong agenda for change.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their knowledge of business leaders who are Champions in the workforce development arena and national knowledge of exemplary organizations (working on a regional level) that are doing outstanding work to promote large scale change.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization is very small and has limited capacity. The organization's knowledge of the field is strongest in the Midwest and mountain states. They have weak knowledge in the Southeast.
National Council for Workforce Education (1 recommendation) NCWE has lead the charge to make it possible for low skill students to improve their basic skills in order to successfully complete college work in preparation for the workplace.
National Council for Workforce Education

http://www.ncwe.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NCWE has lead the charge to make it possible for low skill students to improve their basic skills in order to successfully complete college work in preparation for the workplace.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strength is in the network of colleges and agencies that combine talents to make life better for low-skilled students.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are mostly centered on the annual conference, which is always very good. I would like to see more on an ongoing basis around the country for continued support in this effort.
National Council on the Aging, Inc. (1 recommendation) They recognize and advocate for the value of seniors in the workforce.
National Council on the Aging, Inc.
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http://www.ncoa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They recognize and advocate for the value of seniors in the workforce.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership of NCOA provides support and resources (conferences) for all senior centers and organizations serving 50+ populations. They also recognize private sector organizations for their workforce planning efforts.
National Employment Law Project (1 recommendation) NELP is indispensable on all issues related to unemployment insurance. NELP has also developed great capacity for assisting states and labor federations in layoff aversion and response to layoff.
National Employment Law Project

http://www.nelp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NELP is indispensable on all issues related to unemployment insurance. NELP has also developed great capacity for assisting states and labor federations in layoff aversion and response to layoff.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their staff is excellent. We can always count on NELP's CA staff Maurice Emsellem for testimony, analysis, knowledge of other state policy, and technical assistance.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their capacity on layoff aversion. This is a rare expertise, and there is no end to demand for assistance.
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (1 recommendation) While NOCTI is in the business to sell its own skills assessments, it makes tremendous effort at being nonpartisan, particularly when it comes to make the case for using assessments as an educational tool for improving classroom performance and state-level accountability measures. NOCTI stepped in at a time when states needed the most help to establish a technical skill assessment system to meet new accountability requirements under most recent iteration of the federal Carl D. Perkins Act. So much so, they gave away many of their assessments at no or a very modest cost, subsidizing the start-up efforts of state in setting up technical skill assessment systems. Their contribution to the career and technical education (CTE) community is well-known, and the organization deserve kudos for continued support of CTE, even when it was out of favor under a previous administration.
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute

http://www.nocti.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
While NOCTI is in the business to sell its own skills assessments, it makes tremendous effort at being nonpartisan, particularly when it comes to make the case for using assessments as an educational tool for improving classroom performance and state-level accountability measures. NOCTI stepped in at a time when states needed the most help to establish a technical skill assessment system to meet new accountability requirements under most recent iteration of the federal Carl D. Perkins Act. So much so, they gave away many of their assessments at no or a very modest cost, subsidizing the start-up efforts of state in setting up technical skill assessment systems. Their contribution to the career and technical education (CTE) community is well-known, and the organization deserve kudos for continued support of CTE, even when it was out of favor under a previous administration.

Organizational Strengths

R
Led by a dynamic executive director and a competent staff, the whole organization has been responsive not only to state policymakers but also to practitioners at the local level. In my dealing with the organization, they have provided me critical information for a project that was going now where, thereby providing the much-needed impetus the project needed. The staff are extremely friendly, approachable, and easy to work with and they will go the extra mile in providing assistance.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization needs to improve its research skills. It sits a voluminous data, which is yet to be tapped. In other words, they have to combine their people-effective skills with some data-driven results that show categorically their value added to the larger education community. Right now, they are a hidden gem on which some light needs to be shone.
National Youth Employment Coalition (1 recommendation) They are a leading advocate for youth employment at the federal and state levels.
National Youth Employment Coalition

http://www.nyec.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are a leading advocate for youth employment at the federal and state levels.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have strong leadership and the ability to integrate education issues into workforce discussions.

Areas for Improvement

O
Advocacy skills could be improved, as could internal management processes.
North Carolina Justice Center (1 recommendation) NCJC has worked on economic development, workforce development, unemployment insurance, reentry, and successfully engaging state officials to adopt model reforms. They are one of the very best groups operating in the south on workforce policy reforms.
North Carolina Justice Center

http://www.ncjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
NCJC has worked on economic development, workforce development, unemployment insurance, reentry, and successfully engaging state officials to adopt model reforms. They are one of the very best groups operating in the south on workforce policy reforms.

Organizational Strengths

R
They bring legal expertise as well to policy advocacy, which contributes to their credibility, plus they play a key role-organizing advocacy around the state. They are excellent at working with the press and communications with their network.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are stretched thin but great when they do short reports to highlight key issues. They could always do more.
Opportunity Fund (1 recommendation) They combine micro-loans with individual development accounts and other income supports.
Opportunity Fund
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http://www.opportunityfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They combine micro-loans with individual development accounts and other income supports.
Oregon Center for Public Policy (1 recommendation) They have impact through their research on the state of working Oregon.
Oregon Center for Public Policy
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http://www.ocpp.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through their research on the state of working Oregon.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their continuity and longevity.
Osborne Association (1 recommendation) They are dealing in an area that few others are, i.e., workforce development for formerly incarcerated folks. This is a very important issue.
Osborne Association
Silver-small

http://www.osborneny.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are dealing in an area that few others are, i.e., workforce development for formerly incarcerated folks. This is a very important issue.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and track record and are very willing to partner with other organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are struggling to place these workers; they could integrate job placement and advocacy around the issue a little more.
Owensboro Community and Technical College Foundation (1 recommendation) This group is an arm of the community college. They have developed two key programs in healthcare workforce development that make them stand out. For instance, they developed an accelerated, nursing program for incumbent workers that broke down the career advancement barriers (educational release time, tuition remission, alternative nursing program selection criteria) for incumbent healthcare workers. They are now using this model to develop a foundational allied health track as well.
Owensboro Community and Technical College Foundation

http://www.owensboro.kctcs.edu/Giving/Foundation.aspx

Evidence of Impact

R
This group is an arm of the community college. They have developed two key programs in healthcare workforce development that make them stand out. For instance, they developed an accelerated, nursing program for incumbent workers that broke down the career advancement barriers (educational release time, tuition remission, alternative nursing program selection criteria) for incumbent healthcare workers. They are now using this model to develop a foundational allied health track as well.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength lies in how well they know their community and how integrated they are in the workforce development priorities. They are willing to innovate and bring key players together to work out persistent barriers.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need more support from the administration and other programs in their community college in order to increase the impact of their programming.
Pacific Community Ventures (1 recommendation) They have impact through their ability to assist low-wage employers in developing and implementing safe and progressive work environments for low-wage employees.
Pacific Community Ventures

http://www.pacificcommunityventures.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have impact through their ability to assist low-wage employers in developing and implementing safe and progressive work environments for low-wage employees.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their leadership understands the "double bottom line" and can provide technical assistance to companies. They understand how to balance supply and demand interests.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are used to operating with high levels of overhead, and they need communications support to clearly convey their service niche.
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (1 recommendation) This organization has had impact on the quality of training for home care and long-term care workers, as well as impact on public policy in this field.
Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
Silver-small

http://phinational.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has had impact on the quality of training for home care and long-term care workers, as well as impact on public policy in this field.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have great leadership, are well managed, have integrity in dealing with partners, and do good research and publishing.
Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (1 recommendation) The Philly WIB did a thorough analysis of where they could make a significant impact on prosperity and community social and economic health (the point of workforce). They landed on the following problem (I may not get the numbers and proportions correct here, but the essence is): there are dozens of high quality higher education institutions in the region, and yet, within the city, there are very few college graduates, which means that the city is creating jobs for which only a small share of its population can even apply. The Board seeded and raised money for Graduate Philadelphia, which aimed to do two things: 1) get adults with some college to complete a certificate or degree; and 2) change the way local colleges treat adults students (increasingly the majority) by much more flexible, modular, scheduling, career services, etc. While I love this initiative, I love the method more; they were very strategic in identifying an issue that could really make a difference and building the coalition to be able to support it.
Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board

http://www.pwib.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Philly WIB did a thorough analysis of where they could make a significant impact on prosperity and community social and economic health (the point of workforce). They landed on the following problem (I may not get the numbers and proportions correct here, but the essence is): there are dozens of high quality higher education institutions in the region, and yet, within the city, there are very few college graduates, which means that the city is creating jobs for which only a small share of its population can even apply. The Board seeded and raised money for Graduate Philadelphia, which aimed to do two things: 1) get adults with some college to complete a certificate or degree; and 2) change the way local colleges treat adults students (increasingly the majority) by much more flexible, modular, scheduling, career services, etc. While I love this initiative, I love the method more; they were very strategic in identifying an issue that could really make a difference and building the coalition to be able to support it.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership (even, again, across two CEOs—they are in the process of transitioning now), staff, and communications. They have done excellent work in communicating a narrative Philadelphians could grasp and own. See Tale of Two Cities, for example.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could have more consistent transparency (they have attacked this issue in fits and starts, i.e., periods of openness, followed by periods of less openness). They could also have better relations with the City of Philadelphia, although that is a tough one. The jobs agenda is inherently political.
Philadelphia Youth Network (1 recommendation) PYN was named Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 2009 Excellence Awards. PYN has two signature programs to help the city's young people to be prepared for the workplace, which are WorkReady Philadelphia and Project U-Turn.
Philadelphia Youth Network
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http://www.pyninc.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
PYN was named Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 2009 Excellence Awards. PYN has two signature programs to help the city's young people to be prepared for the workplace, which are WorkReady Philadelphia and Project U-Turn.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a diverse network of individuals, organizations, and systems to have a citywide approach.

Areas for Improvement

R
PYN could further expand their internship opportunities to have more business experience for the youth and for businesses to be able to see more of the skills the youth possess. These programs could be expanded to include more young adults and not just the city's young people.
Policy Matters Ohio (1 recommendation) PMO has a major impact setting the terms of the policy debate with their research, reports, and press work (we have worked closely with the group over many years providing national technical assistance).
Policy Matters Ohio
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http://www.policymattersohio.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
PMO has a major impact setting the terms of the policy debate with their research, reports, and press work (we have worked closely with the group over many years providing national technical assistance).

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a strong staff and are highly respected by state officials and the press.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are limited in size, so they are still stretched compared to their broad work.
Project QUEST (1 recommendation) Project QUEST demonstrates substantial earnings gains for graduates and return on investment for the community, as first documented by Paul Osterman of MIT in a Ford Foundation process evaluation in the mid-90s.
Project QUEST

http://www.questsa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Project QUEST demonstrates substantial earnings gains for graduates and return on investment for the community, as first documented by Paul Osterman of MIT in a Ford Foundation process evaluation in the mid-90s.

Organizational Strengths

N
The stakeholders of Project QUEST, the COPS, and Metro Alliance broad-based community organizing organizations and their business leader allies have secured ongoing, multi-million local government support. This enables PQ to support working poor adults with comprehensive support over multiple years. Project QUEST has partnered with the community colleges in a number of initiatives, including a powerfully effective Workforce Development Academy for remedial education and cohort-based prerequisite experience for allied health careers, among others.

Areas for Improvement

N
PQ is working to begin support of working poor adults with increasingly lower beginning math and reading proficiencies and limited English as Second Language skills.
Resonate (1 recommendation) Their impact is helping youth discover meaningful careers.
Resonate
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http://www.resonate.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is helping youth discover meaningful careers.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their leader, who is an Ashoka Fellow and is very sharp.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their idea is so good that they could expand their vision and make it even bigger.
Resurrection Project (1 recommendation) TRP provides affordable housing to the low-income community of Chicago and partners with institutes, such as Instituto Del Progreso Latino, to offer training and employment services to the residents.
Resurrection Project
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http://www.resurrectionproject.org/index.html

Evidence of Impact

N
TRP provides affordable housing to the low-income community of Chicago and partners with institutes, such as Instituto Del Progreso Latino, to offer training and employment services to the residents.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their years of experience and committed leadership team.

Areas for Improvement

N
Funding and fundraising need improvement.
Roca (1 recommendation) Their impact is their use of transitional jobs with a social enterprise model for system connected youth, which are the hardest to serve.
Roca
Silver-small

http://www.rocainc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is their use of transitional jobs with a social enterprise model for system connected youth, which are the hardest to serve.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership, operations, mission centered change focus, and willingness to share success.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by becoming a more financially successful social enterprise.
Rubicon National Social Innovations (1 recommendation) RNSI is developing a series of business models that can be replicated across the country in partnership with other nonprofits. These business models will be social enterprises that provide employment and vocational training opportunities to under-served populations.
Rubicon National Social Innovations
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http://newfoundryventures.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
RNSI is developing a series of business models that can be replicated across the country in partnership with other nonprofits. These business models will be social enterprises that provide employment and vocational training opportunities to under-served populations.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership of RNSI has extensive experience running workforce development programs in the San Francisco area through its partner agency, Rubicon Programs. RNSI has attracted both philanthropic and corporate investment.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have a small staff.
Safer Foundation (1 recommendation) Safer Foundation has developed a holistic and diverse approach to addressing the employment needs of various subpopulations of the population of individuals with criminal histories.
Safer Foundation

http://www.saferfoundation.org/viewpage.asp?id=4

Evidence of Impact

N
Safer Foundation has developed a holistic and diverse approach to addressing the employment needs of various subpopulations of the population of individuals with criminal histories.

Organizational Strengths

N
Safer Foundation's president knows not only value of an organization providing effective services to its consumers but also the importance of the organization serving as a voice for those individuals in the community. The organization has also remained competitive and cutting edge because it functions with a business-driven model that requires more than moderate outcomes of success and is willing to change and adjust its programs to ensure success for its clients and thus, the organization.
San Diego Workforce Partnership Inc (1 recommendation) This organization has had impact through years of good performance under two CEO’s and more importantly (because the performance measures demanded by the federal government tell so little of the story) creative approaches to work grounded in a local context. For example, they've done all kinds of work with military spouses (and were amongst the first to take this group seriously). They also connected two pieces of their workforce puzzle no one thought they could, i.e., the needs of the biotech industry and low-income youth and adults, by building a series of strategies that connected schools, teachers, the industry association, and rigorous learning opportunities. Finally, they participate effectively in statewide and national policy conversations that are bigger than single funding streams; they work at a level bigger than their mandate requires.
San Diego Workforce Partnership Inc
Silver-small

http://www.sandiegoatwork.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has had impact through years of good performance under two CEO’s and more importantly (because the performance measures demanded by the federal government tell so little of the story) creative approaches to work grounded in a local context. For example, they've done all kinds of work with military spouses (and were amongst the first to take this group seriously). They also connected two pieces of their workforce puzzle no one thought they could, i.e., the needs of the biotech industry and low-income youth and adults, by building a series of strategies that connected schools, teachers, the industry association, and rigorous learning opportunities. Finally, they participate effectively in statewide and national policy conversations that are bigger than single funding streams; they work at a level bigger than their mandate requires.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership (even across the painful transition from one CEO to the next), resource development (they take it seriously), and communications and engagement (at many different levels).

Areas for Improvement

N
They could be more transparent, which would allow them to better manage risk. They had some issues a few years ago about signing a lease on the good faith that California state employees would co-locate, and when that did not happen, the federal government came down hard on them (the state faced no repercussions). Had they been much more public about what they were doing and why, it's likely that there would have been a much better understanding among local elected and community members, including the press, and the credit and blame for the change in plans would have been shared more appropriately.
Seattle Jobs Initiative (1 recommendation) Their impact is worker, firm, and community improvements.
Seattle Jobs Initiative

http://www.seattlejobsinitiative.com/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is worker, firm, and community improvements.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their leadership, strong public and private partnership, strong focus on private sector needs, and community access to those opportunities.
St Patrick Center (1 recommendation) This organization assists homeless, veterans, and other persons with significant barriers in finding employment. They are also working with professionals who have been laid off or downsized from employers due to budget cuts during the recession.
St Patrick Center

http://www.stpatrickcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization assists homeless, veterans, and other persons with significant barriers in finding employment. They are also working with professionals who have been laid off or downsized from employers due to budget cuts during the recession.

Organizational Strengths

F
They do an excellent job in providing networking opportunities for the professionals they serve. They achieve success in training the homeless and others in skills that are needed by area businesses, including culinary arts, landscaping, and more. Their leadership is dedicated to diversifying their reach to those who need employment and training assistance, and they reach out to organizations that would be a beneficial partner.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could increase their training offerings, which would allow them to place even more people in jobs.
StreetWise Partners (1 recommendation) Their impact is changing people's view of what's possible.
StreetWise Partners
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http://www.streetwisepartners.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is changing people's view of what's possible.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their strong leader.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with a larger vision.
THE AFL-CIO WORKING FOR AMERICA INSTITUTE (1 recommendation) This organization provides technical assistance and support for labor organizations to engage in Workforce Investment Act-funded local workforce investment boards. It helps to drive a worker-centered approach to workforce development and to connect undeserved communities to high wage employment pathways.
THE AFL-CIO WORKING FOR AMERICA INSTITUTE

http://www.workingforamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization provides technical assistance and support for labor organizations to engage in Workforce Investment Act-funded local workforce investment boards. It helps to drive a worker-centered approach to workforce development and to connect undeserved communities to high wage employment pathways.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their quality of research and their enormously useful materials and tools tailored to the labor organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have a serious lack of funding.
Telamon Corporation (1 recommendation) They have made impact through thirty years of workforce development efforts with low-wage workers. Their major focus is work with farmworks, both youth and adults.
Telamon Corporation

http://www.telamon.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have made impact through thirty years of workforce development efforts with low-wage workers. Their major focus is work with farmworks, both youth and adults.

Organizational Strengths

N
Telamon has had a focused and talented leadership system since its inception that like PathStone is capable of managing multiple diverse locations across state lines and builds on its own best practices from location to location.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are staffed by highly functioning staff and could implement better best practice sharing from location to location. They could benefit by being better at sharing successes with the general population.
The Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore (1 recommendation) The Jacob France Institute has performed important research that tracks the movement of workers across industries over time. Such work is important for understanding worker flow patterns, especially in times of mass layoffs when workers are involuntarily displaced. This information can help workforce professionals plan their training and job search approaches for workers in particular industries based on such patterns.
The Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore

http://www.jacob-france-institute.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Jacob France Institute has performed important research that tracks the movement of workers across industries over time. Such work is important for understanding worker flow patterns, especially in times of mass layoffs when workers are involuntarily displaced. This information can help workforce professionals plan their training and job search approaches for workers in particular industries based on such patterns.

Organizational Strengths

R
The Institute is university-based, providing a commitment to research quality and objectivity.
The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (1 recommendation) They have developed data on workforce and are getting this data into the hands of policy makers in order to drive change.
The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

http://www.nchems.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have developed data on workforce and are getting this data into the hands of policy makers in order to drive change.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership is very strong, and they are very strong from a collaborative perspective.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could increase their outreach capacity.
The Partnership for Working Families (1 recommendation) Their impact is the promotion of Community Benefits Agreements, including local hiring and pre-apprenticeship agreements with affirmative recruitment of minorities and low-income local residents.
The Partnership for Working Families
Silver-small

http://www.communitybenefits.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is the promotion of Community Benefits Agreements, including local hiring and pre-apprenticeship agreements with affirmative recruitment of minorities and low-income local residents.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their historically significant diversity organizing of the Building Trades unions via local central labor councils and partnerships with community based organizations and their skillful organizing at the local level for "construction careers," even in a depressed economy for construction work.

Areas for Improvement

N
The impact of this work long-term will only be revealed when the construction economy recovers. Otherwise, most potential improvement will come from more successful projects maturing as models. PWF, like other organizing networks, also needs more of its affiliates (and more new affiliates) to test this promising model.
The Source (1 recommendation) They have impact through high rates of retention and advancement.
The Source

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact through high rates of retention and advancement.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have excellent relationships with employers and a unique model of engagement as a human resources partner.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve by updating their website.
Training Inc National Association (1 recommendation) They have impact with their high rates of placement and retention.
Training Inc National Association

http://www.traininginc.org/Affiliate_Network/Training,_Inc._National_Association

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact with their high rates of placement and retention.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their strong employer relationships, their model for evaluating outcomes, and their realistic training simulations.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could increase involvement in sector partnerships.
Transportation Equity Project (1 recommendation) Their impact is the path-breaking agreements they have won on affirmative inclusion of minorities, women, and low-income workers in federally funded highway construction projects.
Transportation Equity Project

http://www.fta.dot.gov/civilrights/title6/civil_rights_5741.html

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is the path-breaking agreements they have won on affirmative inclusion of minorities, women, and low-income workers in federally funded highway construction projects.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their innovative organizing and partnerships with very diverse actors.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to replicate the model in more than the three current states.
Unite Here (1 recommendation) Their impact is their important union-management partnership that is training thousands of workers in Las Vegas to obtain good union jobs.
Unite Here

http://www.unitehere.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is their important union-management partnership that is training thousands of workers in Las Vegas to obtain good union jobs.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a really great space and location with hands-on training facilities as well as great leadership that is very organized.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have to address the lack of job growth in Las Vegas right now. There could have been better coordination with union on helping trainees learn their rights on the job, etc.
United Migrant Opportunity Services (1 recommendation) Their impact is providing workforce and related services for farm workers, migrants, and urban minority populations throughout the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas. Based on their extensive work and experience they impact policy, particularly in Wisconsin.
United Migrant Opportunity Services

http://www.umos.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is providing workforce and related services for farm workers, migrants, and urban minority populations throughout the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas. Based on their extensive work and experience they impact policy, particularly in Wisconsin.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and dedicated staff.
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut (1 recommendation) The United Way is focused on empowering people, providing them with opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of live.
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Silver-small

http://www.uwcact.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The United Way is focused on empowering people, providing them with opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of live.

Organizational Strengths

N
The United Way continuously measures the impact of their work. Based on outcomes, adjustments are made to maximize success.
University Continuing Education Association (1 recommendation) UPCEA provides a forum for college and university continuing education units across the country to connect around the issue of workforce development.
University Continuing Education Association

http://www.ucea.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
UPCEA provides a forum for college and university continuing education units across the country to connect around the issue of workforce development.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are the creative in-conference design and content as well as staff awareness of emerging themes and trends in workforce development.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are a well-kept secret.
UpJohn Institute for Employment Reserach (1 recommendation) This organization is the leader outside the government in supporting and disseminating important research.
UpJohn Institute for Employment Reserach

http://www.upjohninst.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization is the leader outside the government in supporting and disseminating important research.

Organizational Strengths

R
They understand that WIA is part of a larger system of workforce programs, which in turn are part of a large complex labor market. They help put the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in its full context. Also they are independent of both government and WIA advocates.

Areas for Improvement

R
They do great work, but just need to do more it. They could have a more applied focus to their work.
Upwardly Global (1 recommendation) Upwardly Global works with highly qualified immigrant professionals who want to rebuild their careers here in the U.S. and are not familiar with the American way to job search.
Upwardly Global
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http://www.upwardlyglobal.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Upwardly Global works with highly qualified immigrant professionals who want to rebuild their careers here in the U.S. and are not familiar with the American way to job search.
Urban Institute (1 recommendation) The Urban Institute has encouraged lively debate around the issue of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) worker shortages in the U.S. At a time when many organizations are claiming that America's education system is not adequately preparing workers for an innovation-based global economy, researchers at the Urban Institute explore the truth of the arguments used and deconstruct some of the points made. Such evidence and argument is vital to encouraging exploration of the true nature of claimed STEM worker shortages, as well as to developing appropriate policy solutions.
Urban Institute
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http://www.urban.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Urban Institute has encouraged lively debate around the issue of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) worker shortages in the U.S. At a time when many organizations are claiming that America's education system is not adequately preparing workers for an innovation-based global economy, researchers at the Urban Institute explore the truth of the arguments used and deconstruct some of the points made. Such evidence and argument is vital to encouraging exploration of the true nature of claimed STEM worker shortages, as well as to developing appropriate policy solutions.

Organizational Strengths

R
The Urban Institute has established a strong reputation for relevant, rigorous research that explored current policy issues in workforce development.
Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (1 recommendation) VIDA is an initiative based on the Project QUEST model. It is working in one of the highest poverty regions of the country. Its stake holding community organization, Valley Interfaith, has spearheaded efforts at the State of Texas level to pass workforce legislation, including a new statewide fund to support the higher-than-average performance of working poor adults in community college settings.
Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement

http://www.vidacareers.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
VIDA is an initiative based on the Project QUEST model. It is working in one of the highest poverty regions of the country. Its stake holding community organization, Valley Interfaith, has spearheaded efforts at the State of Texas level to pass workforce legislation, including a new statewide fund to support the higher-than-average performance of working poor adults in community college settings.

Organizational Strengths

N
VIDA and Valley Interfaith have created a number of partnerships with community colleges, resulting in higher investment in education for families with little previous experience of higher education.

Areas for Improvement

N
VIDA needs to develop unrestricted funding sources. It depends largely upon restricted funding from a number of sources, and sometimes encounters gaps, which prevent it from fully accessing all possibly available funds.
William E Morris Institute for Justice (1 recommendation) This group, though small, is ground zero on many tough issues in Arizona, including unemployment insurance, access to benefits for immigrants, etc.
William E Morris Institute for Justice

http://morrisinstituteforjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This group, though small, is ground zero on many tough issues in Arizona, including unemployment insurance, access to benefits for immigrants, etc.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a very small staff with the capacity to litigate as well, which comes in handy in a state like Arizona that has limited capacity in many areas.

Areas for Improvement

R
Their staff is spread thin.
Work Force Investment Board of the Southwest Region (1 recommendation) Workforce Zone, the Workforce Investment Board for Southwest Missouri, engaged workforce boards in three other states (NW Arkansas, NE Oklahoma, and SE Kansas) to collaborate to work on healthcare workforce shortages.
Work Force Investment Board of the Southwest Region

http://www.workforcezone.net

Evidence of Impact

R
Workforce Zone, the Workforce Investment Board for Southwest Missouri, engaged workforce boards in three other states (NW Arkansas, NE Oklahoma, and SE Kansas) to collaborate to work on healthcare workforce shortages.
Workforce Alliance (1 recommendation) They committed to a long-term campaign (Skils2Compete) dedicated to getting adults to achieve two-years of post-secondary education, and they managed to make this goal attractive to foundations, funders, and policy makers across a broad political and policy spectrum. Additionally, they did it in a fun way (e.g., "workforce development needs a new bumper sticker": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbMyusgj6cc).
Workforce Alliance

http://www.pbcalliance.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
They committed to a long-term campaign (Skils2Compete) dedicated to getting adults to achieve two-years of post-secondary education, and they managed to make this goal attractive to foundations, funders, and policy makers across a broad political and policy spectrum. Additionally, they did it in a fun way (e.g., "workforce development needs a new bumper sticker": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbMyusgj6cc).

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good communications, storytelling, and field organizing.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are too DC-centric. They do not crowd-source effectively. They ask others to get behind their ideas, rather than engaging others in developing them.
Workforce Development Institute (1 recommendation) They provide workforce intelligence through the lens of unionized workers as to the stability of the company.
Workforce Development Institute

http://www.wdiny.org/home.aspx

Evidence of Impact

O
They provide workforce intelligence through the lens of unionized workers as to the stability of the company.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their leadership and operations.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve their marketing of services throughout the state in the areas that they are working.
Workforce Development, Inc. (1 recommendation) I was impressed by their healthcare worker training initiative, which seems to respond to local needs and actual employment openings.
Workforce Development, Inc.

http://www.workforcedevelopmentinc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
I was impressed by their healthcare worker training initiative, which seems to respond to local needs and actual employment openings.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have the ability to monitor program implementation and respond. For example, the staff spoke about realizing that they needed to do a more explicit prescreening process, because some people would get training for healthcare jobs even though they were put off by the bodily fluids, smells, and other required components of the work. Obviously it's a huge waste to train someone who will not ultimately take a job in the field, so this adjustment was important.

Areas for Improvement

N
I was not really sure that they saw their work as a service to local employers and a contribution to their local economic prosperity. Rather, it seemed to be more of a social-service focus on "putting people to work." Good workforce development is win-win and not a do-gooder exercise.
Working Poor Families Project (1 recommendation) Their publications are forward thinking and have succeeded at framing the issues for and informing the actions of some of the country's most effective state-level policy advocates. They are a catalyst for the work of these state level advocates.
Working Poor Families Project

http://www. workingpoorfamil ies. org

Evidence of Impact

O
Their publications are forward thinking and have succeeded at framing the issues for and informing the actions of some of the country's most effective state-level policy advocates. They are a catalyst for the work of these state level advocates.

Organizational Strengths

O
They do a great job of facilitating practical conversations among their state partners that allow for sharing of promising practices and lessons learned as well as collaborative brainstorming. They are one of the few groups that both values and promotes the linkages between workforce development and work supports.

Areas for Improvement

O
It kind of feels like it isn't really an organization (in fact, it may not be. I honestly don't know) and just a group of consultants. At the national level, they don't collaborate with other key national players, and as a result it sometimes feels like efforts are redundant of work others are doing. Because they mostly focus their efforts on working with identified partners, it feels like their high quality materials and messages aren't being as widely disseminated as I believe necessary for WPFP to live up to its potential.
YMCA Greater Boston (1 recommendation) Training Inc. has an interesting model that incorporates a simulated work experience and then an internship before participants seek employment. Therefore, by the time folks apply for jobs they have real world experience. They also focus heavily on all the soft skills needed to succeed, and they have strong partnerships with employers.
YMCA Greater Boston
Silver-small

http://www.ymcaboston.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Training Inc. has an interesting model that incorporates a simulated work experience and then an internship before participants seek employment. Therefore, by the time folks apply for jobs they have real world experience. They also focus heavily on all the soft skills needed to succeed, and they have strong partnerships with employers.

Organizational Strengths

N
Elsa Bengel is a leader in Massachusetts and nationally. She has a fantastic vision and an expansive sense of sharing information. Their finances are also very strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
Everyone in the nonprofit area is struggling for funds these days, and I'm sure Training inc. is too. I am not familiar enough with the ins and outs of the organization to know about programmatic deficits.
Youth Frontiers (1 recommendation) Although Youth Frontiers doesn't identify itself as a 'workforce' organization, I see its work as having very important and lasting impact on the workforce participation of its graduates and participants. The organization's work is transformative for individuals, helping them see their own best selves and the best in others. Really, it's that remarkable.
Youth Frontiers

http://www.youthfrontiers.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Although Youth Frontiers doesn't identify itself as a 'workforce' organization, I see its work as having very important and lasting impact on the workforce participation of its graduates and participants. The organization's work is transformative for individuals, helping them see their own best selves and the best in others. Really, it's that remarkable.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have very strong leadership, focused (always!) on core work, mission, and metrics.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve with a clearer and stronger growth strategy and by appreciating the diverse impacts that their program has and translating that into new funding and revenue sources.

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