Strategic planning requires data-driven decision-making.  But there is a wealth of information available to chose from.  So, where do you start?

The best primary sources of workforce information (apart from ongoing surveys conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau) are high-quality research studies — many of which mount their own surveys or data collection efforts.

The Purpose of a Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is important, because you can use evaluation results to improve programs through a continuous feedback loop as part of your strategic planning process.

We have compiled the key sources of such data in one place, with special attention to the three most important of these, ETA’s new Workforce System Strategies repository, DOL's Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR), and the Office of Policy Development and Research's (OPDRs) Research Publication Database.

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Workforce information-related research studies are generally funded by Federal entities, and are published principally by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

A Guide to Statistical Methods for Program Impact Evaluation

This guide focuses on an overview of core statistical and econometric methods for program impact evaluation (and, more generally, causal modeling).  

It forms a bridge between more basic treatments of the essentials of evaluation methods and the more advanced methods.

Evidence-Based Practices Employed to Support Innovation

While there are varying levels of research and types of evidence used to measure outcomes, many standardizations that are known to be effective can result in improvements and innovations in the workforce system.

Success in incorporating evidence-based practices entails conducting or finding research and evaluation, using data-driven approaches, measuring outcomes and assessing effectiveness of processes and procedures.

Knowledge is power.  In every situation faced by job seekers, workers and the employers you serve, they will require a unique assessment and customized individual employment plan or individual service strategy.  But to ensure our collective success, you still can employ the power of what works.

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